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The 1988 Bomb 

Virginia Military Institute 

Lexington, Virginia 

'Oldest College Annual In The South' 

Brian J. Keith 

Editor In Chief 

Scott P. McCumber 

Managing Editor 

Ronald V. Gillespie Christopher A. Clark 

Business Manager 

Photography Editor 



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Cadet Life 

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The Citizen Soldier 

homas Jonathan Jackson first came to the Virginia Military institute on 1 3 August, 
1851. He was to remain at the Institute for just a few months shy often years. At the 
. suggestion of Colonel Francis Smith, the Board of Visitors appointed Jackson 
Professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy and instructor in Artillery tactics. 
Colonel Francis Smith had served with Jackson during the Mexican-American war and 
knew of his brilliant record of heroism. This prompted him to suggest Jackson's appoint- 
ment to the staff of the Institute. Upon arriving in Lexington Jackson found the community 
to be very pleasant. It was quite a change from the isolation of Fort Meade, Florida. He 
soon became involved in the community as well as the church. As a community service he 
would teach sunday school to negro slave children. He also became involved with the 
Democratic Party of Virginia. At the institute, Jackson soon earned the reputation of being 
a mediocre Professor yet he was admired and respected by the cadets. His lectures were 
well rehearsed but he never deviated from the structure of his books. His classes were 
monotonous and he would never explain the material after going over it once. Major 

Jackson had his first chance to com- 
mand the cadets as a military unit at 
the trial of John Brown in Charles 
Town, Virgini, (now West Virginia). 
Sixty-four cadets were selected to as- 
sist in ensuring that no abolitionist 
rescue operation would take place 
during the trial and execution. Jack- 
son commanded twenty-one cadets 
with two artillery pieces. The trial 
went without incident. In 1861, as 
the secessionist debate raged in Lex- 
ington Courthouse. The incident 
provoked a response from the union- 
ists in Lexington, emotions fiared, 
and the cadets responded by march- 
ing on the town. Major Jackson ar- 
rived and managed to calm the out- 
raged cadets. "The time may be near 
when your state will need your ser- 
vices," Jackson thundered, "but it 
has not come yet. If that time comes, 
then draw your swords and throw 
away your scabbards." The cadets 
cheered wildly. This left a mark on 
the cadets that would remain with 
them for the rest of their lives. By 
April of 1861 it became obvious that 
war was inevitable. Colonel Smith 
offered Governor Letcher "the ser- 
vices of the officers and cadets of 
this institution for any duty to which 

the necessities of the State may call 

us. We have a company of 250 well 
armed and well disciplined men." Within days the Corps, under the command of Major 
Jackson, was on its way to Richmond to train troops. Jackson soon made it clear that he 
desired a command of his own. Jackson received the command he desired and he was very 
successful in all his campaigns. He died of pneumonia on May 10, 1863 after being shot in 
the arm by his own troops. Regardless of his untimely death at the age of thirty-seven, 
General "Stonewall" Jackson proved himself to represent the ideal citizen-soldier. He first 
proved himself during the charge of Chapultepec and later as a professor at the Virginia 
Military Institute. He was killed during the peak of his life as a General in the Confederate 
Army. He was a peace-loving man yet when duty called he emerged as a gallant warrior. 
He will always be remembered by the corps for his statement that each cadet reads when 
entering through the arch named after him: "You may be whatever you resolve to be." 



"Military men . . . 
should say but few 
words and speak them 
to the point." 

"The time may be 
near when your State 
will need your services, 
but it has not come yet. 
If that time comes, then 
draw your swords and 
throw away the scab- 

Stonewall Jackson 

etting A Standard 

eorgeCatlett Marshall was born on December 31, 1880 in Uniontown, Pennsyl- 
■ vania. He early on wanted to be a soldier and spent his boyhood near areas 
associated with George Washington's early military career. A graduate of the 
Virginia Military Institute in 1901, he learned military skills and of the exploits of 
Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. While at V.M.I, he proved not to be a 
typical cadet. Du/ing his rat year he was forced to squat over a bayonet and he slipped 
and injured himself. While at the hospital recovering from his injury he was asked who 
the first classmen who did that to him were. He refused to give any names and was 
exempted from the ratline by the first class for his stoicism. During his third class year 
he was busted from the rank of corporal for inefficiency. He rose to the rank of cadet 
captain his first class year. After graduating he was commissioned, served twice in the 
Philippines, and was on General Pershing's staff during World War I. Between the wars 
he served in China and as assistant commandant of the Infantry School at Fort Benning 
where he trained many future World War II commanders including Bradley, Stilwell, 

and Clark. In 1938, at the begin- 
ning of World War 11, he was 
called to Washington and served 
as Chief of Staff. In September 
1939 he was appointed head of 
the army. Prime Minister Chur- 
chill called him "the architect of 
victory." His record of public ser- 
vice to his country, in addition to 
his Army service is legendary: 
Ambassador to China, 1945- 
1945; a Secretary of State who 
faced down the Soviets in Greece 
and in the first Berlin airlift crisis, 
initiated the Marshall Plan and 
laid the groundwork for NATO, 
1947-1949, President of the 
American Red Cross, 1949-1950; 
the only military officer ever 
named Secretary of Defense, dur- 
ing the first year of the Korean 
War, 1950-1951; and, again, the 
only career military officer ever 
to receive the Nobel Prize for 
Peace. When George C. Marshall 
died in 1959, there were those 
who wondered how one man could 
have done so much for his coun- 
try. There is no record of service 
to match it. Though what George 
Marshall did is overwhelming, 
how he did it is even more star- 
tling. He never dissembled; he 
never toadied to anyone. He was 
honest and forthright. He was sometimes wrong, and when that happened, he took full 
responsibility. As a result, he not only had the full confidence of his political leaders but 
the trust of Congress. He was a national hero who knew, better than most, all of our 
people, having lived and worked with them in their own sections of our land. He was 
given respect by leaders abroad accorded few Americans past or since. In sum he was 
the American public servant of the twentieth century. George C. Marshall served the 
United States as both a military commander and a civilian leader. He was introduced 
into the order of the Cincinnati and recieved numerous civilian and military awards. 
These awards included the Distinguished 'Service Medal with 1st Oak Leaf Cluster and 
the Nobel Peace Prize for 1953. A quote from James Bryant Conant, a former president 
of Harvard University, best sums up the accomplishments of General George C. 
Marshall. "An American to whom freedom owes an enduring debt of gratitude, a soldier 
and statesman whose ability and character brook only one comparison in the history of 
the nation." (Information provided by the Marshall Foundation.) 



X \ 

"An American to 
whom freedom owes an 
enduring debt of grati- 
tude, a soldier and 
statesman whose ability 
and character brook 
only one comparison in 
the history of the na- 

James Bryant Conant 

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A Tradition Continues 

he primary- purpose of the Virginia Military Institute is to provide academic 
study of the highest possible quality conducted in, and facilitated by, a rigorous 
L. system of military discipline. The goal is to produce "citizen-soldiers," young 
men prepared to assume leadership roles in society and prepared to defend the nation in 
times of national emergency. The words of Colonel John Thomas Lewis Preston best 
sum up this mission; "The healthful and pleasant abode of a crowd of honorable youths 
pressing up the hill of science with nobel emulation: A gratifying spectacle: An honor to 
our country and our state: Objects of honest pride to their instructors and fair specimens 
of citizen soldiers: Attached to their native state, proud of her fame, and ready in every 
time of deepest peril to vindicate her honor or defend her rights." The military system is 
based on the systems of West Point and the prestigious Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, 
France. In this system all cadets live in the barracks, eat together in the mess hall, and 
wear the historic gray cadet uniform. A difference between the Institute and West, Point 
is that not all graduates accept commissions in the military and fewer yet pursue careers 

in the military. Historically only 
about 1 8 percent of the graduates 
J ^^ ' from VMI are career military of- 

i' . ;,.- V ficers. The majority of graduates 
• I. w*',; work in the civilian world and are 

in a reserve component of the mil- 
? ;• ■■ ! itary. The life in Barracks pre- 

pares the graduate to be leaders in 
both the military and civilian 
worlds. A cadet's daily life is reg- 
ulated by traditions and rules of 
the Institute, and his conduct and 

I activities are measured against 
high standards set by his fellow 
cadets and the cadets that have 
gone before him. Above all of 
this, in and out of the barracks 
and classroom, is the cadet Honor 
Code, to which all cadets sub- 
scribe. This code states that a ca- 
det will not Lie, Cheat, Steal nor 
Tolerate those who do. The Hon- 
or Code belongs to the cadets and 
is enforced by the cadets. A cadet 
who does not adhere to this code 
is not given a second chance. The 
only penalty for an honor viola- 
1 tion is expulsion. This code is not 

a set of rules for the cadets, but a 
way of life. Another governing 
' body within the Corps of Cadets is 

the class system. Cadets are 
awarded privileges according to 
their class standing. These privi- 
leges are carefully guarded by each class and a cadet who takes a privilege belonging to 
another cadet is punished by the General Committee. This is one means of teaching a 
cadet to be a follower as well as a leader. These systems have been with the corps since 
the founding of the Institute. They are prized possessions not to be compromised for the 
purpose of personal gain. All of these factors combine to produce the young men that 
will lead their nations in both the civilian and the military worlds. These cadets take 
pride in the past accomplishments of the Institute and the outstanding graduates it has 
produced. The charge of the corps at the Battle of New Market, the professor that stood 
like a stone wall, and the General of the Army that won the Nobel Prize for Peace are 
just a few of the lasting memories that the corps will utilize to set the standards. A 
phrase stated by General "Stonewall" Jackson over a century ago still stands true today 
and forever: "The corps will be heard from today." 

":.v< . ,_ _,i f!ua« 

The goal is to produce 
young men prepared to 
assume leadership roles 
in society and prepared 
to defend the nation in 
times of national emer- 



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Cadet Life 





Diversity Molds The Man 

All throughout ones cadetship a cadet is exposed to many new experiences. Most of 
these experiences are positive and have a lasting effect for the rest of ones life. As with 
anything though one is bound to experience some bad times. VMI is no different and 
with this in mind one is ready to look into how cadets live and what they are exposed to 
in their daily existences. The Cadet Life section shows various experiences that cadets 
live through during the academic year. From the New Market Day ceremonies to 
intramurals to confinement all these events help mold the VMI man into what he is; The 
Citizen Soldier. 

Cadets usually complain about many things that happen around VMI. This is their 
right. One cannot expect men to live in such a closed environment and not find fault with 
many things around them. But, for the most part cadets are content to live with and 
enforce the system that is in place. The cadet in his daily routine goes through more in 
one day than most normal college students go through in an entire week. That is what 

the VMI challenge is all about. 
: I In the following section the daily experi- 
ences of the cadet are laid out for all to 
see. Also included are the not so usual 
,' experiences that VMI opens to the cadets. 

I ■ -.^ . •' '■ Some of the daily experiences are confine- 

' ' '"' *' -| ,. -: ment, Rat Training, Intramurals, forma- 

■ .y tions, parades, classes and homework. 

' '^_ « j^ " »y .; , These daily experiences serve to develop in 

;''• ,??■- -'^ ^. the cadet a certain sense of responsibility 
.»ft. « r^ and sense of duty. All of this serves to help 
train the future military leaders and the 
future civilian leaders that our great na- 
tion so desperately needs. However, there 
are a full range of new experiences that 
broaden the horizons of the cadet. These 
serve to give the cadet an open mind to 
new ideas and thought. 
I Each day in the life of a cadet is never 
the same, cadets are always exposed to 
. new things. 


Remembering New Market 

In the almost one hundred and fifty year 
existence of the Virginia Military Institute 
there is one event which stands out as a 
supreme example of the ideal of the Citi- 
zen Soldier, the Corps' of Cadets partici- 
pation in the Battle at New Market. The 
Corps, called up for service by Confeder- 
ate Maj. Gen. John C. Brekinridge to help 
stop a Union thrust into the Shenandoah 
valley in May of 1864, became the only 
military college in the history of the Unit- 
ed States to fight, as a unit, in a decisive 

Marching from Lexington to the New 
Market area, the Corps was held in reserve 
during the battle until the center of the 
Confederate line began to crumble in the 
face of massive artillery and small arms 
fire from the Union troops. Then, in a 
desperate attempt to hold the Yankees as- 
sault in check, Brekinridge reluctantly 
gave the order for the Cadets to move up 
and join the fight. The date was 15 May, 
1864. An observer behind the beleaguered 
Confederate lines spoke for all — "It 
made our hearts leap," he stated later, "to 
see the Cadets from 
the V.M.I, move for- 
ward in the charge 
upon the enemy's bat- 
tery. Their step was as 
steady as the tread of 
veteran soldiers. They 
never faltered, but 
went into the 'harvest 
of death' as though 
they had been accus- 
tomed to such bloody 
work." Filling the de- 
pleted Confederate 
line and assaulting up 
Bushong Hill, the four 
Cadet companies. A, 
B, C, and D, forced 
the withdrawal of the 
Union troops in the area and seized one of 
their cannon. But the price was high. Fol- 
lowing the Corps' action, five Cadets lay 
dead, five more were mortally wounded, 
and 47 others had received their red 
badges of courage. 

The Battle of New Market was a great 
victory for the Confederacy, but of little 
consequence in the outcome of the Civil 
War. However, it was an important mile- 
stone for the Virginia Military Institute, 
Her Corps of Cadets, and the ideal of the 
Citizen Soldier. The courage and determi- 

nation exemplified by the cadets of New 
Market has been, and always will be the 
ultimate standard for the "V.M.I. Man". 
That is why every May 15th is a very sol- 
emn, proud day for cadets and alumni 

New Market Day is remembered at the 
Institute by a very special parade. In this 
parade the corps centers itself on the stat- 
ue of "Virginia Mourning Her Dead", 
which was sculpted by Moses Ezekiel. As 
the roll is taken there are ten extra names 
included. They are the names of the ten 
cadets who died as a result of New Mar- 
ket. The corps honors the ten dead cadets 
with a 21 gun rifle salute and a wreath 
laying ceremon> conducted by the Com- 
mandant and the Regimental Command- 
er. After the wreath laying taps is played. 
Echo Taps, sounded across post this is the 
most moving aspect of the entire ceremo- 
ny. The corps then marches down Letcher 
Avenue and the Commandant accepts the 
review in front of Virginia Mourning Her 
Dead and the six graves located behind the 

New Market Day is 
the most important 
day in the history of 
the Institute. This day 
is unique to VMI, no 
other school in the 
United States can 
claim an honor such as 
this. "The growth of 
myths and tales could 
never cloud the bril- 
lance of what the 
Corps of Cadets did 
^ so. They fought like 
I men. They held a criti- 
3 cal post in a wavering 
; line and stood their 
f ground, to be in the 
forefront in the final 
charge. They did not win the battle, but it 
could not have been won as it was without 
them. Even their enemies were im- 
pressed." VMI built a reputation of excel- 
lence, that was earned through the blood 
and sacrifice of the corps at New Market. 

" 'A streak of fire and smoke flashed across the field' 
when the boys pulled their triggers." The firing party 
salutes the fallen New Market cadets with a twenty- 
one gun rifle salute. The firing party consists of vol- 
unteers from the corps. 


(left) Col. Harbach. Commandanl of Cadets, in front of Virginia Mourning Her Dead. The 
commandant has just laid a wreath at the base of the statue to honor the New Market dead, 
(below) The Regimental Color Guard presents the battle colors with the New Market battle 
streamer, (bottom) The Commandant accepts the pass in Review from the Corps of Cadets. 
Pass in Review is the standard wav to honor fallen heroes. 




"Died on the field of Honor, Sir" is the 
call to remember the ten cadets who made 
the ultimate sacrifice at the battle of New 
Market. It is the memories of these and all 
the other cadets who answered the call to 
arms that the VMI spirit is based on. It 
was only the rapidly deteriorating situa- 
tion that forced General Breckinridge to 
put the cadets into the cruel and unforgiv- 
ing experience known as war. Before the 
battle Breckinridge spoke to the Corps of 
Cadets. "Young gentlemen, I hope there 
will be no occasion to use you, but if there 
is, I trust you will do your duty." It was not 
too far in the future that the corps was 
called upon to show their metal. As the 
battle progressed the situation became 
desperate enough to force Breckinridge to 
call the corps into action. It was a heart 
wrenching affair for the former Vice-Pres- 
ident, Breckinridge was noted as saying, 
"Put the boys in , . and may God forgive 
me for the order." This was a very emo- 
tional affair for 
him; it was ob- 
served that he was 
crying while issuing 
this order. As the 
history books have 
noted the corps of 
cadets did a superb 
job in their action 
against the invad- 
ing federal hordes. 
What occurred on 
that particular date 
has been swept up 
in the unending 
march of lime. But, the heroic exploits of 
those boys will remain a part of the tradi- 
tions of VMI and will live on as long as the 
Institute. For, if it were not for that charge 
up Bushong hill that rainy, bloody Sunday 
the Virginia Military Institute would be no 
different from other military schools like 
the Citadel, Norwich, Georgia Military, 
and Texas A & M. It is the valiant effort 
of the corps at New Market that makes 
VMI a cut above the rest. New Market is 
the standard that all alumni have elected 
to live up to. From the trenches of World 
War One to the jungles of Vietnam, VMI 
alumni have fought for this nation with the 
same fighting spirit of those cadets that 
charged the hill. 

"How the> ran toward those guns impressed every- 
one who witnessed their charge." The painting in 
Jackson Memorial Hall by Benjamin West Cline- 
dinsl depicts the Corps of Cadets famous charge up 
Bushong Hill during the Battle of New Market 
(right). Cadets form in battalion formation at the 
New Market Day parade (facing page). 

The cadets were to pay dearly for their 
action. "Five of them. Cadets Cabell, 
Crockett, Jones, McDowell, and Stanard, 
lay dead on the field. Cadets Atwill, 
Haynes, Jefferson, Wheelwright, and 
Hartsfield would all succumb to their 
wounds. Forty-seven others were wound- 
ed. Nearly a fourth of those engaged were 
casualties." The Corps of Cadets was 
bloodied in battle, they came face to face 
with the ultimate horror. The cadets would 
bury five comrades in the cemetery of St. 
Matthews on the day following the battle. 
They would also witness the slow and ago- 
nizing deaths of the other five. "The 
search over the field for the wounded Ca- 
dets after the battle was heartrending. 
Robert Cabell found his brother William 
dead, his head split open by his death 
wound. Lieutenant Berkeley heard a boy 
moaning as he walked over the ground and 
found a Cadet crying for help for a fallen 
comrade whose head he cradled in his lap. 
The boy was dead." Looking back at the 
battle of New Market, one finds many 
instances of heroism on both sides of the 
lines. But, it is the memory of the cadets 
fighting that makes this battle all the more 
special to the people of the Shenandoah 
valley. "It seems to have some special 
claim — perhaps because of the Cadets, 
perhaps because of the fact that it was the 
last Confederate victorv in the Shenando- 

The rememberance of New Market is a 
fitting tribute "to the boys who became 
men there.". 

(right) Virginia Mourning Her Dead, a statue by 
Moses E?ekiel- 


Welcome Back 

Spring Alumni 

Every year alumni return to the Insti- 
tute to see their "Brother Rats" and to 
relive their experiences as cadets. VMI 
alumni are perhaps the most dedicated 
alumni in the nation and this is evidenced 
b\ the generous gifts that are given to the 
Institute each year. This generosity was 
displayed by the Class of 1937"s substan- 
tial gift that was presented to VMFs Su- 
perintnendent General Sam S. Walker, 
during the customary review parade in 
which the corps honors this distinguished 
group of men. Alumni are the epitomy of 
the citizen-soldier ideal which VMI strives 
to pursue. These men were leaders in the 
military as well as in the civilian sector. 
.-\lumni weekend is a fun time for all alum- 
ni and is a time for seeing old friends. 

\ lo\Lil .ilumnus waves the confederate battle flag, an 
important part of VMI history, (above) Alumni from 
the classes of '17. '32. "47. '57, "67, '77 watch the 
Corps on parade, an important part of any alumni 
weekend, (right) "Old Yell for the class of 1927" the 
VMI cheerleaders on the sentinel box in the old 
courtsard salute these distinguished graduates of the 
Institute (above riaht) 



Changing Environs 

Graduation is the single most important 
event in the VMI experience. Graduation 
marks the end of ones cadetship and the 
beginning of a graduates responsibility as 
the citizen-soldier. Most graduates serve 
off their active duty obligations in the 
Army, Navy. Air Force and the Marine 
Corps. After serving their active duty obli- 
gations many alumni elect to leave the 
military and pursue careers in the civilian 
sector as lawyers, scholars, or as major 
business executives while still remainina as 


members of the active and inactive re- 
serves, fulfilling the citizen-soldier ideal 
that is the mission of the Institute. 

Graduation exercises commence with 
the customary review parade where the 
rising first class assume the command of 
the corps and the departing first class take 
the review of the corps. After the parade 
the corps marches into the old courtyard 
and is showered with the old status slips 
that were saved from the previous year. 

That night there is the customary "Final 
Ball"". The next day. there are commission- 
ing ceremonies where the graduates are 
sworn into their respective services as Sec- 
ond Lieutenants or as Ensigns. Next, there 
are the actual commencement exercises. 
Here the graduates receive their diplomas 
made of actual sheepskin. The commence- 
ment exercises are characterized by the 
distribution of the diplomas by order of 
major. There is the customary address by 
the valedictorian, who is the highest aca- 
demically ranked cadet of that particular 
class. The final event in the graduation 
ceremony is performed by the new regi- 
mental commander. The new first captain 
publishes the final orders of that academic 
year. These orders inform the returning 
members of the corps when they are to 
return in the fall, they also release the new- 
alumni from their duties and obligations as 
members of the corps of cadets. 

This day is a very special day, for it not 
only marks the end of ones life at VMI but 
marks the beginning of new experiences 
and challenges throughout life. 

Parents en|0\ the last parade of their sons' cadetship, 
a proud moment for all parents, (top) The new alum- 
ni take the review from the remainder of the corps, 
led by the rising first class, (above) The final act of 
the graduation review, the traditional showering of 
the corps with the year's status slips which was pre- 
ceeded by the "Old Yell" for the graduating class- 


Turning The Citizen Into A Soldier 

Summer Training 

In keeping with the ideal of the Citizen 
Soldier. Virginia Miiitars Institute cadets 
gi\e up some of their summer furlough in 
order to engage in the rigorous military 
training pro\ided by their respective ser- 
vices. Whether a cadet is enrolled in the 
.Mr Force, Army, Marine Corps or Navy 
ROTC programs, he must participate in 
this summer training, especially during the 
time between his second and first class 
\ears. This is an integral part of one's ca- 
detship. preparing the individual for that 
responsibility which was accepted on .Ma- 
triculation Day, a commission in the 
armed forces of the United States. This is 
the ultimate goal of every cadet and the 
ke\stone behind the Citizen Soldier 

The Army Advance Camp, belter 
known as Camp All-.American, is si.\ 
weeks long and is run by a cadre of Offi- 
cers and NCO's from many colleges and 
universities. It takes place between the 
first and second class years. The camp be- 
gins as cadets arrive and are assigned to a 
compan_\ and a platoon. Many VMI ca- 
dets assume leadership positions immedi- 
atel\ upon arrival at camp because of the 
reputation VMI has earned. The camp is 
organized to evaluate and train cadets in 
light infantry tactics and living in army 
barracks. Each cadet is qualified with 
many of the standard weapons of the Unit- 
ed States Army. During the course of the 
camp the cadets go out on many field 
training e.xcercises. They are shown dem- 
onstrations from every branch of the army. 
The peak of Advance Camp is the CA- 
PEX or capabilities e.xcercises. This is the 
most expensive demonstration of firepow- 
er in the free world. It shows the cadets the 
combined arms concept of the modern day 
battlefield. The finale of camp is the FLX. 
This is a four day three night exercise 
where each cadet is evaluated on what he 
has learned at camp. The cadets are flown 
from a pickup point to another point in 
UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters. From 
there they must walk back to another pick- 
up point avoiding ambushes along the way. 
V.MI cadets do very well in the field but ; 
not so well in barracks. ^ 

The cadets that are enrolled in the Air ' 
Force ROTC program serve off their sum- 
mer training requirement at the various 
.Air Force bases around the United States. 
,\ir Force cadets serve in various leader- 
ship billets much like their counterparts in 
the other services. It is rumored that all 
the .Air Force does for summer traininu is 

drink beer and play volley ball but. there 
are no hard facts to support this accusa- 
tion. What we do know is that the Air 
Force cadets are taught to be proficent 
officers schooled in the latest management 
techniques and leadership abilities. Many 
Air Force Cadets are provided with the 
opportunity to recieve orientation flights 
in the latest aircraft that presently equip 
the modern Air Force. .Aircraft such as the 
F- 1 5, F- 1 6. and the FB- 1 1 1 are just a few. 
In all fairness, this program trains men to 
be an integral part of our nations defense. 
Whether these men are fighter jocks or are 
missilers, .Air Force summer training pro- 
vides the United States with men who are 
trained professionals ready to defend their 
country in the darkest of times. 

20 Cadet Life 


Scon McCumbci 

The Navy ROTC program provides 
many cadets with the chance to practice 
what they had been taught during the past 
two semesters. The Navy cadets are sta- 
tioned aboard the various ships of the 
modern Navy and serve in the capacity of 
junior officers and are assigned what is 
called a running mate. This running mate 
is an officer who instructs the midshipmen 
and shows them the ropes. Navy cadets 
are assigned to all types of ships on both 
the East and West Coast of the United 
States. .Many cadets visit such places as 
San Diego, Miami, the Bahamas, and oth- 
er places known for their recreational fa- 
cilities. Navy cruise is known for the many 
good times that are enjoyed by all. Howev- 
er, it is important to keep in mind that 
these men are preparing for a very serious 
job. While there are many good times, 
these men are learning the keys to becom- 
ing a successful Naval Officer who are at 
the forefront of our nations defense. The 
Navv — it's an adventure! 

The Marine Option cadets of the NROTC program spend their 
summer training at Marine Corps Officer Candidate School in 
Quantico, Virginia. Bulldog as this training is commonly refered 
to consists of six grueling weeks at Brown Field. The men are 
organized into companies and platoons with the majority of VMI 
cadets in Golf Company. Within each company men are broken 
down into platoons who are led by a Platoon Commander, Pla- 
toon Sergeant and a Sergeant Instructor. After being introduced 
to way things are done in the Marine Corps candidates undergo 
some of the most rigorous pt they have ever experienced. This is 
capped off with the endurance run a grueling 4.5 mile run 
through numerous obstacles. After completing the OCS program 
men are readv to become one of the best. 

A New Beginning 


On a rainy Wednesday, the nineteenth 
of August, 405 young men. fresh out of 
high school, entered VMI in the hope of 
becoming VMI cadets. For many, the ex- 
perience was a shock, and many of the new 
"rats" left in the days to come. Others 
stuck with it, despite the rude welcome 
that they received on Matriculation Day. 

The matriculation process began in 
Cameron Hall, with the rats going through 
the in-processing and filling out some im- 
portant, if not vital, information for the 
Institute's records. The incoming cadets 
then said goodbye to their parents and 
then went to be introduced to the VMI 
system, to embark on a journey that would 
for many prove to be a living hell. 

The rats were first taken to meet the 
Rat Council members and were given their 
Rat Bibles, a booklet that contained all the 
pertinent information that the rats were 
required to learn. The Rat Council mem- 
bers instructed the rats to keep the Rat 
Bible with them at all times, but by the end 
of the day many rats had proceeded to lose 
them anyway. 

The rats were later brought up from 
Cameron Hall and into barracks to be as- 
signed their rooms and to be issued uni- 
forms and other items of necessity. In past 
years, this process had been confused and 
not as orderly as it should have been, but 
this year's cadre was commended for their 
efficiencN. The issue of uniforms to the 
rats, which is usually the proverbial mad- 
house, ran smoothlv this vear due to the 

efforts of the Q.MD staff and the cadets 
who came back early to work in the QMD. 

Overall, the cadre was rated highly for 
their first day performance, and received 
the treasured "kudos" from the comman- 
dant. The rats had been taken through the 
process efficiently, and their first wonder- 
ful day at the loving Institute was over. So 
they thought. 

The traditional rude awakening took 
place shortly after the rats had been put to 
bed for a peaceful night of slumber. The 
cadre kicked in their doors and escorted 
them into the new courtyard, where they 
were introduced to the three classes, and 
the First Class President made a brief 
speech to motivate them. The rats then 
went to meet the Rat Council as a whole 
and to converse with RC president Steve 
Neary. Afterwards, the rats were taken 
back to barracks and put to bed for the 
night. The day was a success, as the rats 
had made the transition from civilian life 

The rals are led up to barracks from Cameron Hall by a cadre sergeant (lop). A rat receives special the special 
honor of meeting with RC members John Scarpino and Mike Leeney (left). The Regimental S-3. Joe King, 
mans his communications post (above) 

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into VMI and had received the necessary 
uniform items and initial indoctrination on 
schedule and as planned. Matriculation 
Day was over and the mood for the up- 
coming week with the cadre was set. 

Coming Back 

Fall Alumni Weekend 

Each fall Alumni tlock to VMI in order 
10 rekindle old friendships and to see the 
Institute. These Alumni arc much like the 
alumni from every one of these reunion 
weekends. They swap stories with each 
other about back in the old corps and how 
much easier VMI is today as compared to 
when they were back in school. 

Fall alumni weekend this year was held 
the same weekend as homecoming. The 
alumni were treated to a spectacular re- 
view by the corps, something that every 
alumnus is entitled to. Then the alumni 
along with the corps moved into the old 

court\ard for the traditional old yells led 
bv the VMI cheerleaders, who were good 
at getting the corps as well as the alumni 
whipped into a frenzy. After this scene of 
pandemonium was calmed down the alum- 
ni were treated to a spectacular football 
game by the Keydet gridders, who proced- 
ed to whip up on Wofford. 

Alumni weekends present an opportuni- 
ty for the corps to honor its ancestors and 
for those that graduated a chance to relive 
the hell as well as the heaven that VMI 
presented to each cadet. 

(left) Members of the class of 1942 whip up the 
crowd in the old courtyard. RAH Virginia Mil!!!! 
(top) On top of the sentinel box, these alumni stir 
alumni and cadet alike while cheering for their class, 
RAH!, RAH!, RAH! (above) It is not only the corps 
that roots the loudest, as all the alumni helped cheer 
the Keydets to victory on the gridiron. 


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Homecoming Weekend 

Homecoming Weekend at VMl is a 
busy weekend, with activities for both ca- 
dets and alumni. This year, Homecoming 
Weekend began on the 25th of September. 
The weekend began on Friday with the 
return of many alumni, and with the arriv- 
al of a horde of young ladies, who came to 
VMI for the Friday night formal hops. 
Following the traditional retreat parade, 
cadets and their dates headed out for a 
night of festivities, to include the hop. 

Saturday brought the early wake-up and 
classes, and the parade for the guests of 
honor, the returning classes of alumni. 
Following the parade there were tailgate 
parties with family and friends. Immedi- 
ately afterwards. Alumni Memorial Stadi- 
um was the scene of the homecoming 
game, pitting the Keydets against the 
Wofford Terriers. The crowd saw an en- 
tertaining first half, and then were treated 
to the halftime festivities. At halftime, the 
candidates for Homecoming Queen were 
introduced, and a lucky girl was chosen for 
this special honor. The second half of the 
contest on the field saw the Big Red 
emerge victorious over the Terriers by a 
score of 27-11. The victory set the stage 
for a blissful night of partying by cadets 
and alumni alike. 

Despite the more traditional aspects of 
the weekend. Homecoming Weekend at 
VMI is unique to that of other schools. 
The return of the alumni, who maintain 
the special bond between VMI men, make 
the weekend special. Coupled with the 
wholly different atmosphere of a VMI 

A rat escorts his pretty candidate for Homecoming 
Queen (right). The corps is formed following the 
Homecoming game march-on (top right). The crowd 
enjoyed the Keydet victory over Wofford (above). 

hop. Homecoming Weekend at VMI lakes 
on an entirely different meaning than at 
most schools. It is a time to party, and a 
time to appreciate the entire VMI 

Homecoming Hops 

Homecoming is an exciting time around 
the Institute. Tiie festivities of this week- 
end allows the Corps to have some fun for 
a change at the "I." Homecoming is quite 
a celebration. The weekend begins with 
the formal hop on Friday night, followed 
by a home football game the next day. It is 
surely a treat when the lovely candidates 
for homecoming queen are thankfully pre- 
sented before the corps. After the poten- 
tial queens are introduced it is time for 
every one to kick back and have a good 
time dancing and listening to good music. 
This is a break for the rats, enjoying some 
of the fruits of the institute. After the 
mandatory two hours for hop privileges, its 
back to the hotel for some serious 

Saturday is a busy day begining with the 
parade. Afterward there are some tailgate 
parties and then its down to Alumni Stadi- 
um to root the Keydets co victory. After a 
big win by the football team, it's back to 
the hotel to prepare for the informal hop, 
another great night for the weary Corps. 
Monday morning BRC will come all too 


Homecoming Queen 

A tradition on homecoming weekend is the selection of the 
homecoming queen. The homecoming queen is selected from the 
representatives of the ten companies. Each company first has 
nominations to select its company representative. Each company 
then votes for the beauty to represent them. It is with pride that 
the companies send their girls out under some tough competition 
hoping that theirs is the winner. But, only one is allowed to win, 
and it is this lucky girl who gets to be named for this special 
honor. This year's Homecoming Queen was Miss Francis John- 
son, the Hotel Company representative. Miss Johnson is a stu- 
dent at Columbia College in Columbia, S.C., and hopes to be an 
army aviation officer after graduation. Her escort was first class- 
men Terry Plunk. 

The 1987 Homecoming Queen is crowned by First Captain John Wright. 

Cadet Life 27 

The 1987 Homecoming Court 

Miss Susan Mazlovv 
Band Company 

Miss Jeanine Burkeen 
Alpha Company 




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Bravo Company 

Miss Caroline Parkhil 
Charlie Company 

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Delta Company 

Miss Deena Combs 
Golf Company 

Miss Lisa Thacker 
Foxtrot Company 

Miss Missy McNeigh 
Echo Company 


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Miss Luanne lannucci 
India Company 

Cadet Life 29 

A Special Honor 


Parent's Weekend arrived this year on 
Friday, October 16, 1987. The weekend 
was the first time that many rats had seen 
their parents since that fateful first day in 
August, and for upperclass cadets it was a 
time to take a break from the usual week- 
end routine and take time out to enjoy a 
weekend with their parents. For parents, 
the weekend was a chance for them to 
check up on their son. visit his classes, and 
to take in a football game. The annual 
weekend gives parents a chance to obtain a 
rare view of VMI life without having to 
actually be a cadet. They listen to their 
cadet gripe about life at the "\" and hope- 
fully cheer him up before the weekend is 

Friday of Parent's Weekend there was a 
reception at the superintendent's home for 
new cadets and their families. Saturday 
offered the opportunity for parents to sit in 
on classes, and to see the corps in a formal 
parade. Following the parade, there were 
pre-game tailgate parties, and then at 2 
p.m. the Big Red football team squared off 
against against the nationally ranked 

Dukes of James Madison University. The 
Dukes downed the Keydets 20-17 in a hard 
fought contest. Following the game, many 
cadets returned to their hotels with their 
parents or headed uptown to enjoy a good 
meal at their parent's expense. Sunday 
evening came all too soon, however, and 
cadets bid their parents farewell and re- 
turned joyously to the Institute with full 
food boxes and a renewed desire to learn. 

The Kcydcls entertained the Parent's Weekend 
crowd with a thrilhng battle against .IML (above 
right). The crowd was entertained at haiftime by the 
James Madison Marching Dukes and the lovely Du- 
kettes (right) 

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Sunday morning offered parents the chance to enter 
barracks and see how good cadets have it at VMI. 
Third Classman Dave McGraw escorted his mother 
to his luxurious barracks penthouse (above). Families 
and friend of cadets ringed the parade deck at Satur- 
day morning's parade, hoping to catch a glimpse of 
their cadet marching in the parade (above right). A 
young relation of a cadet enjoyed the parade while 
sitting on the cannonball. which had been specially 
painted to glorify the VVtl twelfth man and the First 


The Daily Existence 

Barracks Life 

The VMI experience is centered around 
life in barracks. With all the emphasis on 
academics and the physical fitness of ca- 
dets, one must understand that the focal 
point of life is the daily existence in bar- 

While many consider life in barracks to 
be a dreary and depressing experience, as 
it often is. there are many ways for cadets 
to occupy themselves and to find ways to 
pass the time. Perhaps a cadets favorite 
past time is to sleep. Digging into ones 
rack is something that all cadets can relate 
to and is something that all most certainly 
enjoy. Another way that cadets occupy 
their time is to play games. What kind of 
games do cadets play? Well, a big favorite 
is .Axis and Allies. The chance to hypo- 
thetically conquer the world is something 

that many cadets enjoy doing. There are 
those that stick with the old standards 
such as chess and checkers and there are 
those that invent their own games such as 
sock baseball. 

For those cadets who are not into the 
various forms of games to pass the time 
there is always T.V. There are many ca- 
dets who spend much of their time parked 
in front of the tube enjoying all that t.v. 
has to offer. Yet, there are still others that 
spend their time reading or hacking away 
at a computer. Others choose to just hang 
out and do nothing in particular. Others 
elect to spend lots of time listening to 
tunes and enjoymg the sounds of their fa- 
vorite groups, while some try to enjoy 
some peace and quiet, if that is really 

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Tempting Fate 

Breaking The Rules 

What is a Cadets' favorite pastime? 
Some might say drinking or some might 
say a successful encounter with some 
young vixen. Well, I am here to tell you 
that it is neither of these. Besides sleeping 
a cadets favorite hobby is to see how far he 
can go without getting caught by the Com- 
mandant, Tac Staff, The OD, or the Ad- 
ministration. It is called playing the game 
and it is very fun. 

Part of playing the game is to take un- 
authorized furloughs after taps. This may 
be a simple trek to Lloyds for a quick 
midnight snack. But, in many cases it may 
involve something a little more. Perhaps 
an enterprising cadet might make a trip up 
to one of the various womens colleges 
(Mary Baldwin, Southern Sem, Sweet Bri- 
ar to name a few). Many times this is 
contingent upon the time that the 
OCMNI is run. Sometimes a cadets urges 
are too great and the stick is something to 
worry about later. With his mission ac- 
complished the cadet returns to post to 
find out that he was lucky and his room 
was not checked. If his room was checked 
refer to page 327. Here is a hypothetical 
situation to ponder. In room 143 there re- 
sides a true Virginia Gentlemen. Cdt. 1st 
class Bud Busch, the editor of the Bomb. 
Bud finds out one night (Wed.) that by 
some freak of nature the stick has already 
run at 2315. He figures why not go out. So 
he dons his best pair of civilian clothes and 

jumps out the window, hops in his car and 
heads off post. On his way to Radford in 
his Red and Yellow Maserati (which is 
emblazoned with VMI stickers). He spots 
a frat party at W&L and stops for a few 
cold ones. The Frat boys don't like Bud too 
well and so he is forced to demonstrate 
hand to hand combat on all 10 of them. As 
the police come, he jumps into his car and 
is off to Radford. He stops off and picks 
up a few more cold ones for the ride. 
Breaking land speed records he gets there 
in no time at all. He ends up at the door of 
a very close personal friend. She invites 
him in for a few more drinks. Bud, being 
the true gentleman that he is, shows this 
young vixen the true nature of their friend- 
ship. Bud, then realizes it is time to go, so 
he bids adieu to the lady and proceedes to 
set another land speed record. However, 
the Virginia State Police have put an APB 
on his Italian road machine. He arrives 
back on post at 5 minute call and finds the 
Commandant standing in the arch with 10 
heavily armed police. The Commandant 
orders him into his office, where he be- 
comes the only Cadet to ever answer a 
special while taking a breathalizer test. 
(.35 BAC) So, Bud ends up with a Willy. 
A week later the Governor grants amnes- 
ty. The next night there was another early 
stick and Bud was out the door once again; 
Beer, Thanks!' 

(left) Chris Long and Dave Baker enjoy some cold 
nectar . After Heading for the Mountains Mugsey 
and Bakes haze a rat for the sheer pleasure of it. This 
Rat thought physical workouts were outlawed. He 
thought wrong! (NOTE: all photos staged) 


Cadets With Their Dates 

Women at VMI? Of course not, women 
come to VMI for an education but of a 
different sort. Women come to learn vari- 
ous subjects not to include math or history. 
They come to learn of chivalry and servi- 
tude. They come for a degree. MRS peri- 
od, that is. These Young Vixens are actu- 
ally here to see their courteous cadets. 
They enjoy watching parades and having 
young rats tip their hats in their genera 
direction. Most of them come from the a 
girls schools in the area but some come 
from long distances. They stay in the local 
hotels usually, but some find barracks 
more attractive. Actually, the young ladies 
make the life of a cadet more bearable. 
They provide the cadets with the love and 
care that is often absent in barracks. Some 
come frequently and study in the library 
with their cadets but others only find their 
way to VMI during social functions. Often 
cadets are boned because of their dates 
but cadets seem to deem this risk accept- 
able because of the value of the company 
of these young ladies. They always seem to 
find time to visit their cadets. Girls, we 
salute you. 

.Iim Florio and his date stop dancing briefly to pose 
for the camera (below). This rat moves to the beat as 
his date flashes a pretty smile (lower right). Lance 
Oilman doing what he does best with an interested 


The Corps Roots The Loudest 


For every home football game there is a 
pep rally the preceeding Thursday night. 
Pep Rallies provide a time for the corps to 
really begin to get fired up for the game 
and to show the team how much the Corps 
is really behind them. Pep rallies, for the 
most part, always begin with the pep band 
playing the adjutants call. For each pep 
rally the rats show their school spirit by 
dressing in off the wall combinations of 
uniforms or assorted clothing. As the pep 
band and rats move into the old courtyard 
civilians, mostly cadets girlfriends from 
the area schools, pour into the courtyard 
to be with thier honey and get fired up for 
the game. The cheerleaders try hard to get 
the corps fired up for the game and some- 
times do a good job at it. While many 
cadets stand with the girl of thier dreams 

and get pysched for the game, there are 
those individuals who cannot resist throw- 
ing a football around themselves. So, as 
one scans the old courtyard you will see 
several groups getting into thier own bone 
crunching games. One may even find sev- 
eral cadets playing with remote controled 
cars or just totally ignoring the pep rally 

(below) "Spud" Szczepanski shows the excitement 
generated by a pep rally, (right) Cheerleaders try to 
fire up the corps, (below right) Coach Williamsom 
addresses the corps at the pep rally. 

Corps Trip 

Each year the Corps of Cadets take a 
trip in order to watch the football team 
play an away game. This year the corps 
traveled to Norfolk to watch the team play 
William and Mary in the Oyster Bowl. 
L'nfortunatly the Corps did not witness a 
victory for the Keydets as they lost 17-6 to 
the Indians. While the football game is the 
focal point of the trip it is the opportunity 
to escape the dreariness of barracks that 
attracts most cadets to the trip. 

The corps was released from duty at 
DRC on Friday and was on its way to 
Norfolk by various modes of transporta- 
tion, most notably was the automobile. 
The chance to drive to Norfolk and enjoy 
many cold ones was passed up by very few. 
.After arriving in Norfolk the quest for a 
room was the next order of business. After 
securing a base of operations many cadets 
took advantage of the many establish- 
ments that sold various forms of liquid 
refreshments. Once all the nessecities have 
been provided for it is time to get down 
and really party out. On Friday night the 
majority of cadets who went to Norfolk 
attended a VMI party at the Last Call. All 
in all it was a good time for those who 
attended. At last it was time for the game, 
the corps formed in its designated area and 
as typical of VMI it was hurry up and wait. 
The corps then proceeded to the stadium 
and witnessed a heartbreaking loss to Wil- 
liam and Mary. After the game it was time 
for the corps to console themselves and 
take advantage of their last night in town 
before returning to the daily grind of the 

I below) Rals cheer on [he team even if it was in vain, (top right)First 
classmen ciieer the team on to the field as the smoke from Little John 

II covers the stands. (rigiit)The Keydets in action on the gridiron (far 
right) The long grey line cnjoymg the game 




Rockin' the "I" 

"The Factors" 

Who would of ever thought of a rock 
concert in the old courtyard of barracks? 
Well, up until this year probably no one. 
liut, it did happen and was very well re- 
ceived by the members of the Corps. This 
"concert" was part of the first and second 
class party that was held the night prior to 
Ring Figure and was also a part of the 
normal pep rally that is held before each 
home game. While the Factors did not 
play to a capacity crowd, they did bring 

some joy into otherwise dreary existences. 
The Factors who are composed entirely 
cadets or former cadets played some good 
hearty progressive rock tunes from groups 
such as R.E.M.. While the first and second 
class shared in the fellowship of the ring, 
every one in barracks jammed to the 
groovy sounds of this very good band. The 
Factors ended up stealing the show from 
the VMI cheerleaders, who tried but were 
unable to whip up the crowd like the band 
was able to. Whatever has happened at 
VMI in the past, one must say that having 
a rock concert in barracks is definitely out 
of the ordinary. Who knows, could we 
have Violent Femmes next? 

(top) Opie jams on the guitar while playing in the old 
courtyard, (left) Cloyd Tavener and Wayne Fuller 
jam during their concert in barracks, (above) Brett 
Sheppard strums up a hearty tune for the corps of 

Party Time 

Opening Hops 

Like most things here at VMI, the nam- 
ing of the hops is backward. Opening hops 
occured this year following Homecoming 
Hops. Like all Hops cadets and their dates 
enjoyed a chance to do some good oV par- 
tying and to escape the monotony caused 
by the grinding life of VML 

Opening Hops this year were held on 
the weekend of the 23rd through the 24th 
of October. Opening Hops this year were a 
little backwards in their own right, as Fri- 
day night, the traditional formal night, 
was the night of the informal hop, and 
Saturday night was the formal. This year, 
the Hop and Floor Committee teamed 
with the Navy Dapartment at VMI to cel- 
ebrate the Navy-Marine Corps birthday 
on Saturday night. The evening, a Col. 
Lemmer production, was a great success, 
and the possibility exists for other depart- 
ments to follow suit on their respective 

Despite the confusion that the situation 
may have generated, the weekend offered 
cadets an opportunity to enjoy themselves, 
and generated an excuse for many females 
to descend upon VMI for the Hop. Open- 
ing Hops are traditionally held on the 
weekend of an away football game. Such 
weekends are always dull and dreary, and 
for those cadets unable to take weekends. 
Opening Hops were a chance to get away 
from VMI. 

A third explains the hop situation to a rat and his 
date (below left). Drew Barends and his date prepare 
to leave {below ). A rat relaxes with his date (above). 

38 Cadet Life 



Rat Training 

Each fall the new Rats are required to 
participate in a program known as Rat 
Training. This program is a challenging 
and demanding program designed to intro- 
duce the rats into the Military aspect of 
VMl. The rats are introduced into a vari- 
ety of physically strenuous events that 
build strength and stamina. There are a 
host of events that rats are expected to 
accomplish, ranging from the VMI Obsta- 
cle course to the "run" up House Moun- 
tain. Rat Training is held every Tuesday 
and Thursday during intramurals. The rats 
form up in their respective companies and 
then run as a platoon to the various train- 
ing areas on and off post. The rat training 
program is a very popular and productive 
program. Rats are challenged with such 
events as pugil sticks which give the rats a 
chance to gain a little bayonet training. 
Another popular event is rapelling. Ra- 
pelling is for many the first time going 
over the edge of a cliff with just a rope to 
hold; it is a truly exciting event. The run 
up House Mountain is the most physically 
demandinc event. This mile run. which is 

for the most part vertical, challenges the 
rat to reach deep down within himself to 
find his inner strength to make it to the 
top. But, all will agree that the satisfaction 
of making it makes the effort worth it. 
Perhaps, the most popular event is the 
Ranger Pit. This gives the rats a chance to 
get back at their cadre who have been 
giving them hell all semester. Every rat 
who participates looks forward for the 
chance at the no holds barred match with 
the cadre and the chance to get even. 
There are numerous other events that pro- 
vide a physical challenge to the rat. There 
are the circuit courses, the Marine Corps 
and the VMI obstacle courses, and the 
various platoon runs that provide a chance 
to give the rats a challenge as well as de- 
velop a sense of pride in themselves and 
their company. There are other challenges 
to rat training, including an escape from a 
mock POW camp and various other field 
problems which are designed to provide a 
mental and physical challenge. 




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Rats perform demanding physical events. Here a rat shows the strain of one of 
VMI's more challenging courses while a brother rat is there to aid him if needed 
(lop right) .Ml rats enjoy rapelling. here a rat begins his decent under the careful 
eye of a cadre member, as safety is paramount on the rapelling cliffs. All rats arc 
required to wear helmets to protect from falling rock and all rats are secured to 
safety harnesses and a safety rope to prevent an accident and injury, (above) A rat 
shows the strain of the "Dirty Name" on one of the circuit courses, while he is 
cheered on by his brother rats and under the careful supervision of cadre, (right) 
All the obstacles of the circuit courses are designed to challenge the rat and 
provide a new experience that that will be helpful in future military training. The 
rat training program is unique to the character of VMI, 



Here rats go through the milking machine, (left) an obstacle that tests upper body strength and endurance, 
under the watchful eye of a brother rat. Rat Training places an emphasis on developing a sense of camaraderie 
between rats. Poised for the kill, a rat readies himself for the simulated close combat of Pugil Sticks, (below) 
Pugil sticks offers a realistic taste of close, hand to hand combat under a controlled and supervised 
environment. Besides the Ranger Pit, pugil sticks is the most popular rat training event and is always fun for 
those involved. All participants in pugil sticks must wear a football helmet, mouthpiece and use a padded stick 
while wearing gloves to prevent injury. 

Rat Training provides the rat with an 
introduction to basic military training 
methods that are experienced in summer 
training in the various armed forces. Many 
cadets find that some of the events en- 
countered during rat training surface once 
again at Army Advanced Camp and Bull- 
dog, Marine Corps OCS. The training ex- 
perience that is gained through Rat Train- 
ing is invaluable towards developing the 
citizen-soldier which is what the Institute 
strives to produce. 

Rat Training is one of the many tools 
used by the first class to mold the rats into 
VMI men. This program utilizes a de- 
manding physical schedule that also places 
a mental, strain on the rat. This combina- 
tion of physical and mental forces the rats 
to bind together and to rely on each other 
to accomplish assigned tasks. This pro- 

vides the basis for the unification of the 
mass into a class. 

While Rat Training helps to unify the 
rat mass, it would not be possible without 
the help of the three upper classes. There 
are volunteers from all classes who man 
the various stations and courses. There are 
those who run with the company and pro- 
vide leadership on a daily basis to the rats. 
It is with their support and dedication that 
makes rat training possible. 

Rat Training provides the rat with an 
opportunity to be physically challenged 
like he has never been before and to en- 
hance his military skills. This program of- 
fers the rat a head start. 

Cadet Life 41 

Intramurals and RFT 

Each Tuesday and Thursday during mil- 
itary duty, cadets engage in the VMl in- 
tramurals program, designed to give ca- 
dets some physical exercise during the 
week. Intramurals are a welcome relief 
from practice parades, inspections, or for- 
mal parades. 

The intramural program is run by the 
VMI Physical Education department, un- 
der the direction of Dr. Clark King. The 
program consists of various activities, in- 
cluding weightlifting. basketball, running, 
and flag football. Also part of the program 
is RFT. or Remedial Fitness Training. 
RFT is for those cadets who do not pass 
their VMI physical fitness test. RFT meets 
four times a week, and is designed to give 
cadets a chance to improve their physical 
capabilities in order to pass the PFT. The 
Army ROTC department came up with 
their own version of RFT. known as AFT. 
for those cadets going to summer camp 
and who need to slightly improve upon 
their physical well-being in order to do 
well at camp. 

The afternoon intramural contests are 
not taken lightly by cadets, as the games in 
both basketball and football are often 
quite heated. Tempers flare on the hard- 
wood and elbows are often exchanged, and 
on the gridiron it would seem as if the flags 
are there for appearances only, as the hit- 
ting is hard and the tackling is frequent. 
This year's football action saw the Bomb's 
very own "Bomb Squad" terrorize oppo- 

.\n unidentified cadet shoot.s the jumper during .in 
intramural game of hoops (above). Andrei Urtiew 
attempts to pull Dave Gibbings" flag, while John 
Boniface closes in to make the tackle if Urtiew fails 


nents with a tenacious defense and a pass 
happy offense, with first classman John 
Boniface leading the men from the bowels 
of barracks. Run-for-your-rack was again 
the most popular intramural, with rack- 
loving cadets anxious to complete their in- 
tramural obligation and get in a pre-SRC 
snooze session. 

Despite the often heated competition 
and the gripes of the RFT gang, intramur- 
als serve a useful purpose. Cadets are able 
to release a few frustrations, and maintain 
themselves in decent shape. 

Sean Bischoff works out on the weights during intra- 
murals (above). Bruce Bangly eludes a defender and 
sets off on one of his infamous scrambles (right). 
Cadets engage in AFT with Sgt. Lane (below). Im- 
proving their physical being, RFT "slugs" do effort- 
less situps (below right). 

Cadet Life 43 

Ring Figure — The Class of 1989 

There are three major stages in a cadet's 
experience here at VMI. First comes 
Breakout when he is a rat. This is his re- 
ward for accomplishing the man> hurdles 
that he had to face. The last stage is grad- 
uation. This is when he must say good-bye 
to the Institute and take on an entirely new 
challenge. The stage in a cadet's e.xperi- 
ence here that is most memorable is Ring 
Figure. This is a time of joy and celebra- 
tion because he receives what ever> VMI 
man cherishes, his class ring. 

On November 20, 1987, Ring Figure 
1989 was finally here. It seemed so far 
down the road but it finally came. Cadets 
were in the Old Courtyard awaiting the 
start of the Ring Presentation. While wait- 
ing, a snowstorm started to fall upon ev- 
eryone, making a greater desire to get 
their ring. A lot of expectation was seen in 
the faces of the cold and snowy cadets. As 
soon as the class was seated, cadets 
couldn't believe that this day was finally 
here. They heard Lieutenant General 
James Abrahamsom, an honorary Brother 
Rat speak on obligations that to service 
and to each of the members of the class. 
When he was finished, the Ring presena- 
tion began. Every cadet beamed they got 
their Ring. They had evry right to smile, 
because they earned it. 

Later that day, the Ring Figure Ball 
took place in Cocke Hall. Cadets and their 
dates did some partying at their motel 
rooms prior to supper. At around 8 
o'clock, the entire class assembled in the 
classrooms in Cocke Hall for the proces- 
sion to the dance floor above. The class 
then escorted their dates through the repli- 
ca of the Ring and took their place on the 
floor forming the "89" on the floor. The 
cadets were waiting the instruction for 
their dates to put the Ring on the finger 
and reward them with a kiss. After the 
Rings were put on, "Spectrum" began to 

After the Ball, couples went back to 
their motels to attend numerous parties 
that went on that night until 9 a.m. Satur- 
day morning. Later that cold morning, the 
Ring Figure Parade commenced with the 
Second Class in charge of the Corps. The 
parade went well. The football game 
against UTC, however, didn't go very well. 
The 31-0 loss upset many people but not as 
much as the Artie cold that day. 

.'\fter the football game, the massive ex- 
odus from Lexington to the Marriott in 
Roanoke. Once at the Marriott, couples 
got situated, mixed and mingled with 

friends before dinner. The dinner was a 
buffet which was a change of pace from 
the dining at Crozet Hall. .After dinner, 
couples relaxed as the "Boneshakers" were 
warming up. When they started, couples 
danced and partied to the great music that 
they played. The entire night was full of 
fun and cheer. When late morning came 
around, cadets were sad that the weekend 
was over and that it went by so fast. 

Ring Figure "89 was a success by all 
means. Everyone had a great time. This 

weekend meant a lot for the Second Class, 
It was a time in which everyone realized 
that it's almost over. This weekend 
brought ever\one closer together. It was 
definitely a weekend to remember. 

44 Cadet Life/ Ring Figur 



Lt. General James Abrahamson, the guest speaker, delivers his 
speech on obligations to his "Brother Rats". 

At the Ring Figure Ball, Rob Gates escorts his dale through the 
replica of the Ring and onto the dance floor. 

Nathaniel Cross receives his Ring from Colonel Leroy Ham- 
mond and General Abrahamson. Nat was awarded the Carter 
France .\\vard from his Brother Rats for his work on TCFC. 

The Regimental Staff during the Ring Figure Parade takes 
charge of the entire Corps. They are from left:John Piedmont, 
Tom Reilly, Neil Heimer. Dwayne Miller. Coleman Lawrence, 
and Matt St. Clair 

Drew Basden looks around to try and find where his date is 
sitting while Patrick Becker reOects on what he's going to be 
doing later on that niaht. 

Cadet Life/ Ring Figure 45 


A Night on the Town 

Cadets Uptown 

With all the pressures that cadets must 
deal with here in barracks and in the pur- 
suit of good grades. Cadets often find en- 
joyment in getting away for a few hours to 
get a decent meal or catch a few brews. It 
is usually First or Second classmen that 
take advantage of this situation since they 
are the only ones that are allowed to have 
FCP. The favorite places to go during the 
week are Spanky's, The Palms, and Es- 
telles. Every cadet has his fravorite place 
to go but many cadets choose Estelles for 
this establishment serves inexpensive food 
along with cheap beer. However, it is not 
the kind of place to take your girlfriend if 
you are trying to impress her. You would 
do this at The Palms or Spanky's. The only 

problem with these establishments is the 
tact that minks frequent them and may 
ruin your appetite. By and large you can 
obtain a good meal at a rather inexpensive 

For those 3rds and Rats(after the Rat- 
line) these places offer a good place to go a 
forget about your troubles. These places 
will serve beer and other spirits to help you 
drown your sorrows but, only if you are 21 | 
or older. Another place where cadets can •§ 
be found is Lloyds( after taps on the night 
of an early stick). Lloyds' late hours pro- 
vide cadets with a chance to grab a mid- 
night snack after those tortuous study ses- 

(clockwise) Ed Harrington. Lloyds of Lexington, 
Fuzzman and Smokeater with Pete Moore down a 
few cold ones. A Second class Sergaent enjoys a meal 
away from Crozel, Bob Clay entertains a young vix- 
en. Cadets Sprinkle and Green pose with Michelle. 

4b Cadet Lifi 

The Dark Side of VMI 


What is probably the worst thing that 
can happen to a cadet while at VMI? Most 
people would answer that confinement and 
pt"s are the worst that can happen short of 
dismissal or suspension. How many times 
have those immortal words "That'll be a 
10 and 30 Mr. Smith" been uttered this 
past year alone? It is surely some astro- 
nomical figure that no one is interested in 
any how. But, it is those very words that 
strike fear into the heart of every cadet 
especially just before some big weekend 
with the girl of your dreams. As long as 
cadets are human, cadets will receive con- 
finement and penalty tours and will spend 
many anguished days locked within the 
confines of VMI. 

Being put on confinement always begins 
with a cadet getting caught at something. 
Be it fireworks, alcohol, women in bar- 
racks or something as fun as running the 
block. There is always that one time that 

cadets will be caught. It is either by an 
institute offical or by a status check. The 
next phase is the special report, where 
more immortal words are spoken ; "Sir, 
Cadet Boned, I.M. reporting to answer 
special report." As the big man behind the 
desk contemplates your fate, one hopes 
and prays that by some miracle it will be 
scratched or at least be given the smallest 
penalty. But, in keeping with the VMI way 
of things you expect the more severe of the 
possible penalties and usually get it. After 
recieving your penalty, it is time to sign 
those checks and march those pts. 

(lop)Scoll McCumber shows the joys of working off pt's at the hop He 
received his penalty for sleeping through a class, (above) Drew Basden 
signs his confinement checks, il is a daily occurence just after DRC 
formation. Confinement! A great way of life- (left) The most dreaded 
answering a special report to Capt. Wilcockson. the depu- 

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Kilts Visit VMI 

On September 25, 1987 VMI was invad- 
ed by an army. This 80 man force marched 
proudly across the parade ground with lit- 
tle or no opposition. Armed with bag pipes 
and drums they marched unopposed 
through downtown Lexington before as- 
saulting VMI. 

These men are the Atholl Highlanders, 
the last private army in Europe. They are 
in fact the honor guard for George I. Mur- 
ray, the tenth Duke of Atholl. The kilted 
soldiers also form the Atholl Highlander 
Pipe Band, and usually march in parades 
or perform for formal occasions. 

The Duke of Atholl represents a long 
history of Scottish Nobility. The Murray 
family has held the title "Duke of Atholl" 
since 1629, when earldom of the 450 
spuare mile territory passed into the hands 
of John Murray. Later the Duke of Atholl 
was given sovereignty over the Isle of 
Man. The ninth Duke of Atholl. the pre- 
sent Duke's father was killed in action in 
Italy in 1945. Arrangements to have the 
group stop at VMI were initiated by Stew- 
art Treviranus. Mr. Treviranus is an an- 
tique restorer who became aquainted with 
VMI while restoring the New Market 
painting in J. M. Hall. Mr. Treviranus is 
active in Scottish affairs in the U.S. 

The Atholl Highlanders traveled to Wil- 
liamsburg after a one day stop in Lexing- 
ton. Previous stops on their first U.S. visit 
included the New Hampshire Highland 
games; a parade appearance in Alexan- s 
dria, Va.; and the 225th anniversary cele- - 
bration of the town of Athol, Mass. Athol 1 
Mass. was named by Col. James Murray 
in 1762, after his ancestral home. 

1 he llifhlandcrs iiKirchcd in the (Ictl). \n elderly Highlander renders a salute to the American 
nag (tup) the Highlanders pose in front ol I cjcunc Hall (above). 













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Frank Mussara and another cadet take the plunge. 

Drinking Spots 

Drinking probably occupies 75% of a 
cadets free time. Cadets find many places 
to drink but prefer to drink in nice sur- 
roundings. Some of the favorite places for 
cadets to drink are Panther Falls and Go- 
shen. The hardest part of going to these 
places to drink is preparing oneself both 
mentally and financially. To mentally be 
prepared a cadet must wash the thoughts 
of homework and other responsibilities 
from his head. This is done most easily 
after the trip to East Lex to buy the rations 
for the drinking adventure. These rations 
usually include a couple of cases of Bud or 
"The Beast'" (for the less financially stable 
cadet). The average is one six-pack per 
cadet per hour planned to be out. After the 
rations are purchased the cadet must then 
decide where he is going. If the cadet 
wants an exciting time jumping off rocks 
into shallow water he goes to Panther 
Falls. The cadet knows he is risking getting 
water in his beer if he hits the rock so he is 
sometimes overly cautious. If the cadet 
desires a more subtle time he goes to Go- 
shen. Goshen requires a bit more beer than 
Panther Falls because the cadet spends 
more time drinking and less time worrying 
about getting water in his beer. All in all 
these places are very good spots to con- 
sume a cadets favorite beverage and wash 
away (or is that down) all his thoughts of 
the Institute. 

Cadets party with the locals (far left). Brian Keith 
washes down some river water with a brew (below 
left). Aid is available to those in need (left). Relaxing 
in the falls with a beer is a favorite way to pass the 
afternoon at Panther Falls (below). 



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Protecting the Institute 


(below left) One of ihc hazards of being on guard is 
to save the institute from lust-driven women seeking 
to impose their desires on unsuspecting cadets. (bot- 
tom) The guard raises and lowers the colors every 
day at the "I", (below) Cadet Captain and First Class 
President Adam Volant inspects the rifle of a nervous 
rat who is on guard for the first lime. 

Several times during each semester each 
cadet has the opportunity to serve on 
guard. Guard involves a rigorous tour of 
duty that sends each member diving for his 
raci< when it is all over. Guard starts out 
with guard mount, an inspection to ensure 
the oncoming guard team is squared away 
and ready to assume its duties. When the 
guard mount is completed the new guard 
team relieves the old one. The Officer of 
the Day and the Officer of the Guard are 
the two first classmen in charge. The OD 
is certified to bone cadets for infractions 
that come to his attention. The other 
members of the guard team are the Ser- 
geant of the Guard, the recorders, the or- 
derlies , the sentinels and the 


The guard team maintains order in bar- 
racks, raises and lowers the colors, and 
makes turnouts for all formations. The re- 
corders answer the phone and send out 
status slips for cadets who were either ab- 
sent or late for class. The recorders man- 
age all the young vixens that visit the "I" 
to interact with their beaus. The orderlies 
are the lucky ones that get to deliver the 
message slips that say "Hi, I'm in the PX" 
or the all time favorite "I love you" and 
other communiques of dribble. The senti- 
nels are the ones that manage the 1200 or 
so flaming youth that reside in barracks 
and that can't wait to leave. 

50 Cadet Life 


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Pursuing Academia 

Cadets in Class 

One of the main reasons that people 
come to VMI is to recieve a college educa- 
tion. The classroom is a vital part of that 
education and the way that cadets perform 
in the classroom is a unique part of the 
VMI experience. 

While one would expect that cadets 
would be attentive and willing to partici- 
pate in the classroom activities, that in 
many respects is not the case. There seems 
to be a common factor in every class, that 
is there is at least one cadet who is always 
sleeping. Not to say that is the case for 
every individual and for every class but, it 
is a common affliction. There are times 
that one can not help himself. For in every 
classroom on post lurks a dreaded beast, 
an evil so terrible there is no sure fire cure 
for it. Not coffee, No-Doz, or even mas- 
sive amounts of Coca-cola. This beast is 

commonly known as the rack-monster. 
The rack monster has a propensity to 
strike in class. Just when you thought you 
were wide awake that is when you are the 
most vulnerable. For, the rack monster 
will strike when you least expect it. It usu- 
ally occurs when one is taking notes, what 
you thought was english is mysteriously 
transformed into an illegible collection of 
lines that make a two year old look more 
literate than you. 

This sounds like all cadets do in class is 
sleep, this is true some of the time but, not 
all of the time. Cadets are very active in 
class and are willing to make their points 
of view known especially when they dis- 
agree with a professor. Being a cadet in 
class is an interesting and restful experi- 

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of ihi, horrible fr.idc dcMroMng creature (lop Icfl) CadeIN dcmon- 
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While in some sort of enpinecring lab this eager cadet dives into his 
work with unbridled enthusi.ism. 





I! 11 III I 1 

Drawing Out The Man 

The Virginia Military Institute was founded on 11 November, 
1839, with its principal mission being that of creating "fair speci- 
mens of citizen-soldiers," as stated by Colonel John Thomas Lewis 
Preston, one of the founders of VMI. The Institute has served this 
purpose for nearly one hundred and fifty years, but has been able to 
do so only under the competent leadership of past superintendents, 
staff, and an excellent faculty. 

Today, VMI continues to strive to meet the goal of producing 
citizen-soldiers. The Institute produces men who are fully prepared 
to take their place as leaders in the civilian world and who have the 
military background and training to heed the call of duty if and when 
it becomes necessary. The role of the faculty and staff in this procss 
is the same today as it was in 1 839. The superintendent, the comman- 
dant, and staff are responsible for the military discipline, regimen, 
and training that are an integral part of life at VMI, and the faculty 
contmues to provide cadets with a quali- 
ty education in both the arts and 


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The term "The Institute" is an all- 
encompassing phrase that is not easily 
defined, and one that is a constant thorn 
in the side of every cadet. Without it, 
however, VMI would be unable to con- 
tinue to produce the type of man that it 
has consistently produced since its 
founding, one who is able to continue to 
exemplify the citizen-soldier concept 
that is "The Institute". 


Ronald W. Reagan 

President of the United States 

Gerald L. Baliles 

Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia 
Commander in Chief, VMI Corps of Cadets 


General Sam S. Walker 

Superintendent, Virginia Military Institute 

WMUUI l. -AIM. '■ '" 

Colonel Leroy D. Hammond 

Executive Assistant to the Superintendent 

Colonel David V. Harbach 

Commandant of Cadets 


Captain Harold Willcockson 

Deputy Commandant 



Brigadier General John W. Knapp 

Dean of the Faculty 


The Department of 


The Biology Department offers the most 
flexible of the sciences at VMI. The stu- 
dent of the life sciences may find himself 
taking courses about, not only the evolu- 
tion of man, but also his diplomatic rela- 
tions with the other members of his spe- 
cies. From the intrigues of the DNA 
molecule, the code of life, to the interac- 
tions of the human species with the ecosys- 
tem, the department teaches it all. 

In 1859, Charles Darwin described his 
theory of evolution by means of natural 
selection. Today, the Biology Department 
is applying the theory by means of a de- 
manding curriculum. The young biologist 
is tried again and again in courses such as 
physics, organic chemistry and develop- 
mental biology. He also faces the chal- 
lenge of becoming an educated man by 
taking electives from the Departments of 
English, Psychology, Economics, Philoso- 
phy and History. AH of this serves to in- 
crease the awareness of each cadet who 
specializes in the study of life and the in- 
ner workings of the life processes as well as 

The process is proven to produce a qual- 
ity product. The department is proud of its 
seven hundred member medical profession 
that has been produced in the last eighty 
years. This is an amazing number consid- 
ering the size of the Corps of Cadets. 

More than this, the Biology Department 
can claim to have produced leaders in a 
diversity of fields. From research to gov- 
ernment, pharmacists to nutritionists, cor- 
porate executives to environmental engi- 
neers, and authors to attorneys, the 
department has taught them all. The result 
of a diverse, flexible curricula and an ex- 
cellent professional staff is an educated 
biologist who is ready to lead in any field 
he chooses. The department can claim 
more than its fair share of career military 
officers, but perhaps more important than 
this are the leaders in the civilian sectors 
that have been and are now willing to be- 
come leaders in the military when their 
country calls on them. This has always 
been the case with VMI's biology majors 
and hopefully the valued inlstitution of the 
citizen-soldier will continue. 

Col. Guplon uses his keen eye to observe a microorganism. (Below) 

Col. Snope. Head of the Biology Department. 

"A degree in Biology from VMI 
should adequately prepare me for a 
successful career in medicine. I en- 
joy the various animal and plant dis- 
sections, and analyzing structures of 
organic compounds. It has been my 
life long ambition to define the exist- 
ing parallels between the duckbill 
platypus and the west Ugandan 

Chris Huff 

Cadet Chris Huff disecting a shark, one of the 
various interesting projects which can be done 

in Biology Lab. 


The Department of 


"Chemistry is probably the most basic science 
l<nown to man — basic because it so closely involves 
his immediate environment and surroundings; most 
basic because his life and world are composed of it. 
Man's existence does not depend on an understand- 
ing, but one most certainly be aware of its presence 
and importance." 

Colonel Leslie German 

Head, Chemistry Department 1964 

As a cadet at VMI, one must successful- 
ly complete the course in General Chemis- 
try, regardless of major. Most of them will 
never use a chemical formula again, how- 
ever those that choose this science as their 
major will be at the opening of a whole 
new understanding of the chemical world. 

Organic, analytical, physical, and inor- 
ganic are the areas of study taught by a 
faculty that is current with the ever chang- 
ing concepts of the advanced chemistry 
curriculum. The faculty members are not 
only instructors but are actively involved 
in research projects, which include the 
centers for metalation, glass and artificial 
intelligence. Cadets are encouraged to 
contribute to the projects through the 
summer research program and senior 

The learning experience is not confined 
to the limits of the labs and lecture rooms 
as the cadet is required to take courses in 
math, physics, and the liberal arts to com- 
plete his education. 

Cadets are given the opportunity to par- 
ticipate in the student affiliate of the 
American Chemical Society, as well as 
many guest lectures, field trips, and mini 
courses offered at the surrounding univer- 
sities. Graduates from this rigorous pro- 
gram will be prepared for industrial, aca- 
demic, and military professions as well as 
furthering their education in medicine, 
chemical engineering, and management. 

The Department Of 

Civil Engineering 

The field of Civil Engineering is a very 
diverse and extensive course of study. It is 
known as the "Father of Engineering." All 
other engineering disciplines are merely 
specific branches of civil engineering. A 
cadet at VMI can expect to study various 
engineering courses such as Steel Design. 
Transportation, Fluid Mechanics, Rein- 
forced Concrete Design, and Soil Mechan- 
ics. The variety of such courses exposes 
the student to the different aspects of civil 
engineering while allowing him the oppor- 
tunity to concentrate and focus his ener- 
gies on the areas of Civil Engineering that 
are best suited for him. 

VMI and Civil Engineering share com- 
mon roots. It was the major field of study 
when VMI was founded in 1839. It was a 
curriculum found rarely in the southern 
part of the United States. VMFs Civil En- 
gineering program still leads the way in 
this part of the country. It hosts the Vir- 
ginia Highway and Transportation Con- 
ference every year and is known for its 
productive and energetic American Soci- 
ety of Civil Engineering Student Chapter. 
The department holds the national record 
for the ASCE Certificate of Commenda- 
tion. It won this award again during the 
1986-1987 school year. 

The Department of Civil Engineering at 
VMI takes an active role in all C.E. cadet 
activities. Annual dinners, field trips, and 
ASCE chapter meetings make the school 
year informative, interesting, and enjoy- 

l-l. Col. Groves hard at work, (below) Lt. Col. Buck- 
ner. .Xssoc. Prof, of C.E. (right). 

able. The "Plug and Chug", the C.E. 
newspaper, keeps all cadets in the curricu- 
lum informed on monthly events as well as 
providing interesting and informative en- 
gineering articles. 

Civil Engineering is a challenging, yet 
enjoyable major to study while at VMI. It 
prepares the student for graduate school, 
the business world, or work as a practicing 


IM 'M' 

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Head of the Civil Engineering 



Col. Trendel. Head of the Mechanical Engineering 

"The Mechanical Engineering 
Curriculum at VMI is a challenge, as 
well as a relevent learning experi- 
ence for the everyday engineering 
world. It prepares you for life after 

Tom Bohlman 

Cadet Tom Bohlman, a ME major being pre- 
pared for life after leaving the I. 

The Department of 

Mechanical Engineering 

The Mechanical Engineering Depart- 
ment is one of the newest degree granting 
departments at VMI: it's first degrees 
were granted in 1985, but there has been 
an ME Department at VMI since the mid 
thirties. For several years, the department 
was a service department to the Electrical 
and Civil Engineering Departments. 
Teaching those courses that weren't a part 
of either curriculum, yet essential to their 
engineering education. Recently, the de- 
partment has undergone several changes, 
it has become a degree granting depart- 
ment and was accredited by ABET last 
July. Recent additions to the Department 
include a new Computer Aided Manufac- 
turing (CAM) field with the purchase of 
robot arms, and a mini-CAM system 
which are to be integrated into a new 
course entitled Automated Manufacturing 
Systems. ME's prepare for the future, 
through membership and participation in 
the student chapter of the ASME. They 
deal with present and future problems by 
studying them in class, by reading techni- 
cal papers, and working on numerous de- 
sign projects. The department prepares its 
students for the present and the future, it 
provides them with many well lit study 

areas, coffee for late night study, and a 
faculty proficient in the mechanical engi- 
neering topics they teach. 

The Mechanical Engineering curricu- 
lum is divided into two major areas. Me- 
chanical and Energy related instruction. 
Mechanical instruction, begins with Stat- 
ic, continues into dynamics, then to solids 
and finally into a sequence of Machine 
design and elective courses. Energy in- 
struction starts with Thermodynamics I. 
continues with Thermodynamics II and 
Energy Conversion Design and then into 
several electives. By the end of the cadet's 
senior year, he has been well prepared in 
the fundamental principals of mechanical 
engineering and is required, by the depart- 
ment, to take the Engineering Fundamen- 
tals Examination (E.F.T.) Upon gradua- 
tion, the new graduate is ready for a 
professional life in the challenging and 
growing field of mechanical engineering. 
Many of the graduates accept commission 
in one of the services or work in large 
corporations as working engineers. Me- 
chanical engineers are probably the most 
demanded graduates from the Virginia 
Military Institute. 

Cadet Neal Culiner hard at work during a rigorous academic day. 

The Department of 

Electrical Engineering 

The first four semesters of the Electrical 
Engineering curriculum makes heavy em- 
phasis on general problem solving courses 
such as calculus, chemistry and physics. 
The fifth and sixth semesters are devoted 
to an intense study of electrical engineer- 
ing theory to include the study of electro- 
magnetic fields, energy conversions, sig- 
nals and digital and electronic circuits. 
The last two semesters of the curriculum 
allow the student to specialize in a particu- 
lar area at E.E. by letting him choose a 
majority of the courses. Also, a senior de- 
sign course has been added to the curricu- 
lum so that the student may choose an 
interesting project to design. In the senior 
year the student may also elect to take an 
independent study course which also al- 
lows the student to choose a particular 
area of interest. Although at an under- 
graduate level only, the fundamentals are 
taught, there is much practical informa- 
tion to be obtained, circuit theory is first 
introduced during the third and fourth se- 
mesters, where basic d.c. and a.c. circuitry 
is studied. During these two semesters, 
topics will include Ohm's Law, Kirch- 
hoffs Laws, resistance, inductance and ca- 

pacitance. Once a strong background of 
circuit theory is established, a more practi- 
cal approach to circuit analysis is taken. In 
the fifth and sixth semesters an in depth 
study of circuits is examined by consider- 
ing frequency response, conversion of elec- 
trical energy into mechanical energy ap- 
plications to microcomputers and the 
existence of electromagnetic fields. The 
senior year is devoted to fine tuning and 
expanding on previous knowledge. Stu- 
dents elect most of the courses in their 
senior year and may study anything from 
automatic control theory to power 

It takes more than an average study to 
complete the E.E. curriculum, but hard 
work and dedication are the key elements 
for success. Sacrifices made to obtain an 
E.E. degree will be payed off many times 
over in the corporate world. Electrical En- 
gineers enjoy the versatility of working for 
power companies, medical research facili- 
ties, defense contractors and many other 
industries. Electrical Engineers will be in 
demand in the future as computers take 
over the world, so put forth the effort and 
meet the demand. 

Col. Stotz. Head of the Deparlnient of Electrical 
Engineering and the Department's secretary. 

(Above) Cadet J.D. Lee goes over his meticu- 
lous notes prior to class. Another cadet work- 
ing hard in Physics Lab. (Right). 




The Department of 


Col. Phi 

lip B. Peters, Head of the Physics and As 

The Department of Physics and Astron- 
omy is located on the main floor of Mallo- 
ry Hall, and at one time or another will be 
included in every cadet's schedule. A well- 
based knowledge of the laws of physics is 
essential to the education of every cadet 
regardless of his major. Because of this, a 
general course is incorporated into the 
curriculum of all science related majors 
and is also offered as an elective for those 
majoring in the liberal arts. 

However, there is much more to be 
found within the walls of Mallory Hall, a 
fact that is not as well known as it should 
be. Once past the limits of general knowl- 
edge, there is a wide variety of specialized 
physics courses designed to focus a cadet's 
mind on one of the many fascinating fields 
within Physics. For instance, if one enjoys 
working with his hands there are courses 
offered dealing with both the mechanical 
and electronic aspects of Laboratory 
Techniques. However, for some it is much 
more satisfying to put one's mind to seem- 
ingly impossible tasks. For those, the de- 
partment operated a sub-critical nuclear 
reactor and particle accelerator which are 
both ready for exploration. There are also 
numerous opportunities to put one's 
imagination and creativity to work in 
courses which allow cadets to become ac- 
tive participants in actual research that is 
often being conducted by the Physics pro- 
fessors. These courses often lead to recog- 
nition in one of the many Physics journal 
which can be found in the department's 
extensive lebrary. 

As the department's formal name im- 
plies, physics is not the only discipline that 
may be pursued. In recent years, more and 
more cadets have been turning their eyes 
and their minds toward the heavens. To 
accomodate this growing interest, the De- 
partment of Physics and Astronomy now 
offers even more courses in astronomy. 
They range from a general course for the 
casual observer to an advanced course in 
Astrophysics. This advanced course is for 
the serious student who wants to learn the 
workings behind the wonders of the night 
sky. In order to assist cadets in the pursuit 
of this field, the department possesses a 
fully operational planetarium as well as an 

The Department of Physics and Astron- 
omy has much to offer in knowledge, di- 
versity, and prestige, but the student has to 
dedicate himself with enthusiasm in order 
to do well; for Physics is considered to be 
one of the most demanding majors on 
campus. A cadet only has to have the de- 
sire to learn and thus succeed in his major 
to become a success in his future career. 



The Department Of 

Economics and Business 

Col. Claiborn, Head of the Department of Econom- 
ics and business. 

The Economics curriculum is quickly 
changing. The curriculum is now called 
Economics/Business. Students will still be 
required to meet the requirements of the 
old economics curriculum, but now they 
have required business classes instead of 
free electives. 

Economics is very simply how society 
allocates its limited resources to produce 
what society wants or needs. The basic 
ways to analyze how society does this is 

taught in Principle of Economics I & II 
and then in more depth in Microeconom- 
ics & Macoeconomics Theory. After the 
basics are taught, each student can learn 
about more specific areas. Students can 
learn how society allocates its labor re- 
sources through wage theory in Labor 
Economics. The role of government regu- 
lation and intervention is studied in Gov- 
ernment and Business. 

Now with the expanded curriculum can 
learn about the inner decision process of 
business by studying such topics as: Princi- 
ple of Management, Business Finance. Fi- 
nancial Accounting, and Production 

What students like about this curricu- 
lum is that it is applicable in every day life. 
The students can understand how changes 
in government policy will affect them and 
the society that surrounds them. Students 
in the Economics/Business curriculum go 
into many fields following graduation. 
Many choose to work in the civilian world 
as bankers, stock brokers, or business 
managers. Others choose to go into the 
military as Finance Officers or even in the 
combat arms. The Economics curriculum 
offers the cadets a fine opportunity to 
serve their country as Citizen-Soiiders. 

The Department of 

Modern Languages 

The Department of Modern Languages 
is the next to the youngest of the degree- 
granting curricula at VMI, but is one of 
the original fields of study offered to ca- 
dets as early as 1839. The study of foreign 
languages has always been recognized as 
one of the fundamental elements in the 
education of the well-informed citizen-sol- 
dier. This recognition has never been more 
in evidence than in our modern day, when 
the concept of the "global village" has 
rendered obsolete the isolationist postures 
of some previous generations. The VMI 
Department of Modern Languages seeks 
to meet the needs of today's cadet by rig- 
orous programs in French, German, Span- 
ish, and Russian. Offering the B.A. degree 
in the first three of these languages, the 
departmental faculty is a lively mix of sen- 
ior and junior professors with various 
backgrounds in a host of subject areas. 
Long persuaded of the importance of the 
international perspective and inveterate 
travelers in their own right, the faculty 
members engage in research topics in the 
national literatures of the language, as 
well as in the latest developments in the 
techniques of language learning. Dedicat- 
ed teachers and conscientious advisers, the 

ML faculty is often seen around Post guid- 
ing cadets in extra-curricular activities 
such as the Posit Comittee, the Varsity 
Swim Team and the VMI Theatre. The 
VMI Foreign Study Committee encour- 
ages a variety of study abroad opportuni- 
ties for cadets and is presently working 
closely with the VMI administration to 
renew the long-standing ties between VMI 
and the Ecole Polytechnique in France. 
Instructional emphasis is always on a prac- 
tical working knowledge of the languages 
studied with a goal toward improving the 
career opportunities for language alumni 
in the foreign service, the CIA, interna- 
tional law, international business, and the 
armed services. The new language learn- 
ing center in Scott Shipp Hall introduces 
high technology into language classrooms 
where further work is underway develop- 
ing new teaching software, video cassettes, 
and audio materials. This practical bent 
coupled with an abiding interest in the 
cultural, historical, and literary develp- 
ments of Spain, Latin America, France, 
and Germany, makes the diploma in mod- 
ern languages a valuable symbol of VMI's 
pursuit of excellence within an interna- 
tional perspective. 

Col. Harris, Head of the Modern Languages 

(Above) Lt. King trying to infiltrate Spanish in his student's heads; The Modern Languages Lab is very good 
in helping the students dominate a foreign language. 

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The Department of 


The Department of History and Politics 
at VMI seeks to produce educated men 
who are prepared to assume the responsi- 
bilities of citizenship. It gives the cadet the 
broad understanding of the past, essential 
to the educated man. while also allowing 
him to pursue more specialized interests. 

The cadet majoring in history begins his 
training with the study of the basic prob- 
lems of natural science, economics, and 
mathematics. These subjects give the ca- 
det the necessary tools for understanding 
the world in which we live. Along with 
these courses, the history curriculum 
stresses education in English literature and 
composition. For the history major, the 
English language is an instrument for writ- 
ten and oral communication, important 
for the well-rounded history education. 

The VMI cadet is not limited to courses 
in history, English and the sciences, but 
will become proficient in a foreign lan- 
guage. At VMI, the cadet takes three 
years of either Spanish, French, German 
or Russian. 

Each semester courses are offered in the 
principal fields of modern European, Far 

Eastern, Latin American and American 
history. All of these courses emphasize an 
understanding of developments and prob- 
lems rather than the mere cataloging of 
events of the past. 

The departmental honors program and 
the International Studies program offer 
the cadet a chance to specify a field of 
interest and probe deeply into a particular 
topic. The honors program is offered to 
cadets who have demonstrated and excel- 
lence in the field of history at the end of 
the first semester of the second class year. 
The International Studies Program offers 
the cadet an area of concentration in the 
International affairs field, with such topics 
as American Foreign Policy, National Se- 
curity Affairs, and selected foreign areas 
and cultures. 

The history major is graduated with the 
ability to understand national and interna- 
tional issues, and to manage affairs essen- 
tial to law, business, politics, government 
service, and the armed forces. On top of 
the VMI experience, the history major at 
VMI graduates ready to tackle the world 
with success. 

Col. Thomas gives cadets a better knowledge of the world around them. 

The English curriculum offers the op- 
portunity to improve writing and speaking 
skills, as well as to analyze and interpret 
w ritten materials of all sorts. Majoring in 
English is valuable not only because of the 
wealth of knowledge attainable, but also 
because of the tremendous post-gradua- 
tion possibilities. While English provides a 
base for any "liberal art" aspect of the 
jobs-market, it is also a very marketable 
major to take into the corporate world be- 
cause of the grasp on human nature that is 
\irtuall> impossible not to acquire after 
studying literature throughout an entire 
cadetship. Another possible (as well as 
popular) future as an English Major is to 
participate in the "pre-law society" as a 
cadet, and go into law school after 

Yet another diversion of this curriculum 
is that it offers English and Fine Arts as 
minor degrees to all cadets. (In the case of 
English .Majors, Fine Arts is simply con- 
sidered a concentration.) English majors 
may also partake in an "independent 
study" course involving intense reading of 
a specific author or subject. Further, the 
department offers an Honors Program 
v\hich entails a lengthy paper (after in 
depth reading and research), followed by a 
comprehensive (written and ora 

English majors are also welcome to par- 
take in many extracurricular activities, to 
include the English Society (which spon- 
sored a film series and brings to VM 
many diverse literary figures to discuss 
and read their works), and the Timmins 
Music Societ> (which concentrates on the 

appreciation of classical music). Many 
English majors also participate in cadet 
publications such as the BOMB and the 
CADET. Another publication done almost 
exclusivels b\ English majors is Sounding 
Brass. Sounding Brass is a literary maga- 
zine that has been published for twenty 
one vears. 











Col. Roth. Head of the English Department. 




The Department of 

Psychology And Philosophy 

Capt. Hughes, Head of the Psychology Department 

The Study of behavior, both hu- 
man and animalistic, demonstrates 
the variabiHty of the mind. The use 
of albino rats as specimens gives ca- 
dets first hand knowledge of how 
psychology works and how it benefits 

Frank Mussara 

The cages below contain rats used in the Psy- 
chology Department to study different pat- 
terns of behaviors in animals. 

The purpose of the Department of Phi- 
losophy and Psychology is to contribute to 
and stimulate the intellectual growth and 
education of cadets. 

While many of the courses offered are 
electives, there are those that are required. 
Courses in philosophy are required by the 
English and modern languages curricula, 
and one course in psychology is required 
by the management concentration offered 
by the economics department. 

Neither philosophy nor psychology is 
offered as a major at VMI. However, psy- 
chology is offered as a minor degree open 
to all cadets. The pursuit of this minor 
degree is not only challenging, but is also a 
valuable complement to any education. 
The outstanding merit of this minor is ex- 
emplified by the cadets that have contin- 

ued their study of psychology in graduate 

Both the philosophy and the psychology 
courses also offer multiple dimensions of 
learning. There are courses in modern as 
well as ancient philosophy, which can be 
taken as a two-semester survey. The psy- 
chology courses offer a wide variety of 
content areas to include classes that allow 
maximum student participation in the 
form of tutoring at local public schools. 

The department also supports faculty 
and student involvement in research. A 
recent grant has enabled the psychology 
staff to upgrade research facilities. Inde- 
pendent research conducted within the de- 
partment has resulted in the presentation 
of papers at national meetings and publi- 
cations in professional journals. 

(Below) 1st. classman Drew Mckone giving his report 
to Col. Davis. 


The Department of 

Physical Education 

The citizen-soldier concept is based on 
both the mental and physical realms. As a 
consequence, an integral component of the 
VMl educational experience is the physi- 
cal development of cadets. 

The VMl Physical Education Depart- 
ment has four major goals. They are: 1. To 
achieve and maintain an optimal level of 
physical conditioning; 2. To educate ca- 
dets in the principles underl>'ing the devel- 
opment of exercise programs; 3. To devel- 
op life-long skills and provide recreational 
activity, and; 4. To develop self-confidence 
and leadership abilities in cadets. 

Five major components of the Physical 
Education Department are involved in 
achieving the aforementioned goals. They 

1 . PE Courses — Each cadet must com- 
plete four credit hours of physical educa- 
tion to meet the requirements for gradua- 
tion. Every cadet is required to take 
instruction in boxing, wrestling, swim- 
ming, and principles of conditioning. In 
addition, each cadet must complete three 
additional elective courses. 

2. Physical Fitness Testing — Cadets 
are required to demonstrate a minimal lev- 

el of physical conditioning by passing a 
physical fitness test consisting of push-ups. 
pull-ups. sit-ups, and a 3 mile run. Cadets 
unable to meet minimum requirements at- 
tend remedial fitness training until the\ 
are able to meet the minimum standards 
on the physical fitness test. 

3. Rat Training — All rats not on ath- 
letic permit participate in this program. Its 
major goals are to increase physical condi- 
tioning and self-confidence. A sample of 
some activities included are: rappelling. 
climbing House Mountain, obstacle 
courses, a 5 mile run and pugil sticks. Rats 
are directly supervised by over 80 upper- 
class cadets. 4. Intramurals — Cadets 
choose from a variety of activities and par- 
ticipate twice per week. Activities avail- 
able include: football, basketball, weight 
training, boxing, racquetball, cross coun- 
try, ironman competition, and septathalon. 

5. Club Sports — Five club sports are 
available for cadet participation. Club 
Sports meet four times per week and in 
most cases compete against club teams 
from other colleges and communities. 
They include: rugby, boxing, karate, fenc- 
ing, and water polo. 

New cadets experiencing "bobbing" drills for the first time, (above): Coach Slockwc 
iling skills to eager cadets, (right). 

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Dr. Clark King, Head of the Physical Educa 


The Department Of 

Aerospace Studies 

Aerospace Studies 

Here at the Institute, ROTC is an inte- 
gral part of every cadet's life. And for 
some of them. Air Force ROTC is their 
choice. Located in Kilbourne Hall. De- 
tachment 880 was one of the original 78 
Air Force ROTC units established in the 
country. Since September of 1946, it has 
been providing commissioned officers for 
the United States Air Force, some of 
whom have attained General's rank. Re- 
cently, the Detachment has also been rec- 

ognized as one of the most productive in 
the nation. In 1985 and 1986, it ranked 
second in the number of Second Lieuten- 
ants commissioned into the Air Force. 
Much of this success can be attributed to 
the officers and staff assigned to the De- 
tachment, all of whom are VMI graduates 
or graduates of other military colleges 
around the country. In order to obtain an 
assignment at VMI, all must have a mas- 
ter's degree in their specific field of study, 
and successfully complete the Air Force's 
Academic Instructor School at Maxwell 
Air Force Base, located in Alabama. The 
Detachment is a full academic depart- 
ment, with the Professor of Aerospace 
Studies a member of the Academic Board 
and the Superintendant's staff. 

Aerospace Studies courses involve Air 
Force History, commands and organiza- 
tion, leadership and management skills, 
and national security issues. These courses 
provide the essential foundation for future 
officers. AFROTC cadets also have the 
opportunity to attend field training, ad- 
vance training, and airborne training dur- 
ing the summer months. 

The Jefferson Scott Dotson Squadron of 
the Arnold Air Society is also an integral 
part of the Detachment. Named for a 
VMI graduate killed in the early years of 
Vietnam, it is primarily a service-oriented 
organization, with goals of creating a bet- 
ter understanding between the Air Force 
and civilians. Squadron activities in the 
past have included such things as the Lex- 
ington Halloween party. Thanksgiving and 
Christmas food drives, visits to Air Force 
bases, and assisting in the Marshall 
Awards. The Detachment's annual Dining 
Out is also organized and run by the 
squadron. Presently there are 45 members 
in the squadron, each getting a better in- 
sight and experience into the traditions 
and customs of the Air Force. 

Through these special programs and 
other activities. Detachment 880 has 
helped to better prepare its graduates for a 
rewarding career in the Air Force and 

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The Department Of 

Military Science 

The Military Science Department un- 
derwent a structural change in preparation 
for the 1987-1988 school year. Branch 
specific training in the combat arms; Ar- 
mor, Field Artillery. Engineer, and Infan- 
try has been deleted and the department 
moved to a generic military science curric- 
ulum. The primary reason for the transfor- 
mation was to make MS II cadets more 
competitive with respect to their peers 
from other colleges. Generic Military Sci- 
ence training emphasizes the leadership of 
light infantry units in both garrison and 
during tactical operations. 

MS I training is focused around small 
arms weapons. It includes a historical live 
fire with US Infantry weapons dating from 
the 1884 Springfield to the presently used 
M16-.A1. These first year Army cadets go 
through a classroom battle analysis pro- 
cess using battles from the Revolutionary 
War thru WW II. MS II's are instructed 
on land navigation techniques and first 
aid. MS Ill's are prepared for ROTC sum- 
mer camp with primary emphasis on the 
tactical skills required at Camp "All 
American". MS IV"s are lectured on 
weapons and tactics of the Soviet Union as 

well as combined Arms Operations with 
respect to the Air Land Battle and are also 
prepared for commissioning. During Field 
Training cadets in all phases of Military 
Science receive hands on training with 
various pieces of equipment. Opportuni- 
ties to serve in a multitude of leadership 
positions abound for each cadet. From fir- 
ing the M-16, to setting up the platoon in 
the defense, every cadet will be challenged 
to apply the lessons learned during class 
room instruction. The instructors them- 
selves are comprised of officers and 
NCO's. all of whom have combat arms 
experience. From the rank of captain to 
Colonel, many of the officers have served 
tours of duty world wide. Many officers 
have accumulated combat time in Viet- 
nam, and more recently Grenada. It is 
both the content of instruction, and the 
instructors themselves that give VMI's ca- 
dets the essentials needed to emerge as 
leaders in all fields, not only the military. 
This however, should not come as a sur- 
prise, as VMI has had a long standing 
tradition for producing Citizen Soldiers; 
men who meet the challenge of leadership 
in any field at any time. 

Col, Harbach, 

Head of the Military Science 

These 105 mm. Howitzers (below) are provided by the Army ROTC. They are used primarily for ceremonies 
and parades but are sometimes used for training purposes. 

"I chose the Army ROTC pro- 
gram at VMI because my father was 
a Vietnamese General during the 
Vietnam War, and I want to follow 
his footsteps, only as an officer in the 
United States Army" 
Don Pham 

First classman Don Pham reads about Air- 
borne Ranger School, his present ambition. 

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The Department of 

Naval Science 

The citizen soldier has been a prevalent 
part of our heritage for many years. The 
Greek soldier, Cincinnatus, is often looked 
upon as the role model for a citizen sol- 
dier: however, we need not look any fur- 
ther to find this special type of citizen. The 
NROTC Unit at VVII has a vital mission 
to fulfill in our society. Officers are needed 
to fill the billets of a 600 ship navy, and to 
provide officers for the USMC. Whether 
these billets are performed in an active 

duty or reserve status, the VVII NROTC 
officer always performs his duties to the 
best of his abilities. 

Navy option cadets have the option of 
entering the fields of aviation, nuclear pro- 
pulsion, or surface warfare. No matter 
what their designation may be, all cadets 
receive a thorough indoctrination into na- 
val engineering systems, weapon systems, 
navigation and leadership. In addition to 
the academic requirements, all cadets who 
will be commissioned must perform a mid- 
shipman first class cruise on board a navy 
surface ship or submarine. 

The counterpart to the Navy side of the 
NROTC unit is the Marine Corps. .All 
Marine option cadets receive the same 
first two years of instruction as Navy op- 
tion cadets; however, during the next two 
years. Marine option cadets are taught the 
fundamentals of warfare as it has pro- 
gressed throughout the years, the final 
step in the Marine commissioning process 
is to attend Officer candidate School, bet- 
ter known as Bulldog. This highly inten- 
sive training period takes place during the 
summer before the first class year. 

The NROTC unit is also active in pro- 
moting extracurricular activities at VMI. 
The Trident Society and the Naval Avia- 
tors clubs both help all cadets who are 
interested to know more about the surface 
navy and naval aviation respectively. Lec- 
tures are arranged as well as trips to sur- 
rounding naval facilities. In addition to 
those events already mentioned, the Tri- 
dent Society also sponsors the sailboat 
training program. The Marine Corps 
sponsors the Semper Fi Society. This orga- 
nization sponsors speakers and events that 
help to promote an interest and under- 
standing of the Marine Corps" mission, 
and further helps to develop the profes- 
sionalism required of a Marine officer. 

The NROTC unit at VMI is fulfilling 
its mission to provide the Navy and Ma- 
rine Corps with competent and capable 
officers. Whether these officers serve as 
active duty or reserve members of the 
armed forces, the training that they re- 
ceive allows them to be ready at any time 
to be called to the defense of our nation. 

The Department of 

Academic Computing 

The Department of Academic Comput- 
ing is VMFs most recent addition to the 
Institute academia. It is headed by LTC 
Charles E. Fraley. The purpose of the de- 
partment is to provide assistance and offer 
advice on the many aspects of computers. 

Each year, the Department holds work- 
shops and demonstrations on the use of 
computers and computer software. These 
services are made available to cadets, fac- 
ulty, staff, and local residents of the VMI 
community. Through these workshops, the 
Department hopes to eliminate the natural 
fear many people have about computers. 
They teach you that you need not be a 
computer programmer with a degree in 
computer engineering, but just be willing 
to learn and have fun with a now common 
and everyday tool. 

Academic computing also offers one ac- 
ademic course which is now a graduation 
requirement for all new cadets. This 
course is designed to give cadets and intro- 
duction to the fast paced world of micro- 
computing using the IBM-PC personal 
computer. The basics of computer opera- 
tion and care are taught. The course 
makes use of the Peach Text 5000 series 
software and the Word Perfect software. 
With these, cadets are able to learn how to 
use a word processor, a spread sheet, and a 
data base management system. Even with 
so many different types of computer soft- 
ware on the market today, one introduc- 
tory course, like AClOl, could lead the 
student to learn about that software on his 

Often, situations arise when the experi- 

enced computer user has trouble with soft- 
ware or the computer itself. In this area, 
the Department offers advice on probable 
errors and how to correct them. 

In general, the Department of Academ- 
ic Computing's sole purpose is to make 
people more "computer literate" in the 
ever increasing world of electronics and 

LTC Charles E. Fraley, Head of the Academic Com- 
puting Department. 


Area Of Concentration 

International Studies 

Chris Clark 
COL. Patrick Mayerchak, Head of the International 
Studies Program. 

Lt. Brenner, the exchange student from West Ger- 
many. (Below Right) watches a parade with CPT. 
Cerronne. .Although VMI's Marc Peltier was able to 
spend a whole semester in Germany, the strict cirri- 
culum of the Bundeswehr Universitat only allowed 
Guenther a month at VMI. 

LTC. Thompson is seen once again hard at work 
(below). He never fails to amaze cadets with the 
incredible work load he carries to organize trips, 
lectures and other I.S. events. 

The International Studies Program is 
run by the Department of History and 
Politics. This unique program offers ca- 
dets a chance to study both the past events 
and current trends of the world around us. 

There are three required courses, Amer- 
ican Diplomatic History, International 
Relations, and National Security Affairs 
which provide nine of the eighteen re- 
quired hours. The other nine hours can be 
taken from over two dozen offered courses 
form the Liberal Art's Departments. Pos- 
sible courses range from Latin American 
Politics to Developmental Economics to 
European Literature. A cadet can choose 
to concentrate on a specific area of the 
world such as Latin American or Europe 
or a specific period of time such as the 
eighteenth century or the present. 

Aside from the Academic offerings, the 
program sponsors many trips and special 
events. This year trips were made to Peace 
College in N.C.. and the Royal Military 

College in Canada. Other arrangements 
were made by LTC Thompson for an ex- 
change program between the Bundeswehr 
Universitat (The Federal Armed Forces 
University) in Hamburg, West Germany 
and VMI. As a result Cadet Marc Peltier 
received the great opportunity to spend a 
semester in Germany, and the Corps was 
exposed to a young West German officer, 
Guenther Brenner. Every year COL. 
Mayerchek brings in visiting foreign offi- 
cers from six continents who are studying 
at the Army War College for a visit and 
talk with cadets. Informational lectures 
sponsored by the program abound, usually 
over twenty are presented every year. 

No essay on the I.S. program would be 
complete without recognizing Col. Mayer- 
chek and LTC Thompson, the two princi- 
pal instructors in the program, and the 
major force behind it. MAJ. Guerrier and 
Lt. Com. Turner also provide much sup- 
port and assistance to the program. 




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Learning to Lead 

The first leadership opportunities most cadets will experience 
occur through the the cadet chain of command or the class system. 
Whether as a private or First Captain, there are many opportuni- 
ties for leadership throughout the Corps. 

The most visible aspects of leadership is the cadet chain of 
command. Cadets from the upper three classes are given the 
opportunity to rise through the ranks to acheive high visibility 
postions of leadership during their first class year. Holding a 
position of cadet rank has many responsibilities, but also offers 
many rewarding experiences. 

Other opportunities for leadership lie in the various forms of 
cadet government, and the channels they control. The General 
Commitee and its subcommitees. The RC and the OGA, offer all 
cadets the opportunity to assume responsibility and make decsions 
effecting their class and the classes below them. Those cadets who 

prove a high degree of leadership 

>'...^./^ " ability to their peers are chosen by 

» ' t their classmates to serve on the 

-__- - Honor Court. 

"^ ■ ,,- ,i^ '^ / The leadership learned by all ca- 

X."^*iU/Mi;Mt\ . ' dets through holding positions of 

rank or activity in or through the 
various forms of cadet government 
is one of the most valuable lessons a 
cadet takes with him from VMI. 
The inherent qualities of leadership 
instilled in each cadet are a crucial 
part of becoming the total citizen- 

The Regimental Staff 

John A. W'righl 

Regimental Commander 

Stephen M. Neary 

Executive Officer 

Phillip C. Jones 

S-1 Captain 
Terry L. Plunk 

S-2 Captain 
Joseph B. King 

S-3 Captain 
Steven G. Tuck 

S-4 Captain 

Christopher T. Goerner 
S-5 Captain 

Matthew G. St. Clair 
Sergeant Major 

Sli Corps 

Michael Wright 
S-1 Lieutenant 
Michael C. McGraw 
S-3 Lieutenant 
Robert B. Sawyer 
S-4 Lieutenant 
Russell S. Sloane 
S-5 Lieutenant 

Thomas P. Marshall 
S-1 Sergeant 
Thomas J. Reilly 
S-3 Sergeant 
Dwayne G. Miller 
S-4 Sergeant 
Lawerence J. Coleman 
S-5 Sergeant 


Corps 87 


The Color Guard 

Brian P. Duffy 

Color Sergeant 
Neal A. Heimer 

Color Sergeant 
Gregg R. Kendrick 

Color Sergeant 
David R. Reynolds 

Color Sergeant 

I I 11^ ^ r^ 

Finnie D. Coleman 

Jason W. Schmoyer 

The Regimemal Color Guard 
presents ihc colors at a home 
football game. The Color 
Guard is made up entirely of 
second and third classmen. 

S8 Corps 



First Battalion Staff 

Kirk J. Dewyea 
First Battalion Commander 
Trent H. Beci< 
Executive Officer 



David A. Omstead 
Battalion S-1 
Thongvit Noonpackdee 
Battalion S-2 
F. Todd Robinson 
Battalion S-3 
Brian A. Demers 
Battalion S-4 


Battalion S-5 

Kevin E. 
Sergeant Major 

The First Battalion Staff leads their battalion on to 
the football field. 

Corps S9 

90 Corps 


Third Battalion Staff 

James B. Adams 
Third Battalion Commander 
Adam C. Volant 
Executive Officer 






Shawn P. Evans 
Battalion S-1 
Gregg A. Thomas 
Battalion S-2 
Charles J. Shuster 
Battalion S-3 
James J. Stepnowski 
Battalion S-4 

A. John Kay 
Battalion S-5 

John Mason 
Sergeant Major 

The Third Battalion Staff returns to 
carry sabre after passing in review. 

Corps 91 

P PtMyfek^kaiH ff^'^lfllif' iffliUmMiliiiWilJ ULIIhllllMlliU 

Band Company 

Stephen W. Waters 
Drum Major 

James D. Anderson 
Platoon Leader 

Jeff B. Dixon 
Platoon Leader 

Charles V. Richardson 
Platoon Leader 

Jose L. Corpuz 
First Sergeant 

Micheal J. Kelley 
Master Sergeant 

Ian J. Dolan 
Operations Sergeant 

Theodore E. Comeau 

Band Company First 

Class Privates: Back 

Row (L to R), Tom 

Bledsoe, Rob Taylor, 

Steve Champion, Ted 

Comeau; Front Row, 

Gregg Rollins, Mike 

Coleman, Matt 

Wauben, Rich Stone, 

Jason Dudjak, Bill 

Nixon; Kneeling, Bill 


92 Corps 


Band Company, 1987-1988: D.L. Abernathy, M.D. Ackerman. C. Anderson. J.D. Anderson. E.F. Arnaldo, G.V. Barnette, D.B. 
Bowen, P.A. Brayden, J.R. Brethour, C.P. Buckland, C.P. Buckland, J.T. Burleson, R.M. Butler, R.E. Buxton, R.J. Cantanio, L.H. 
Carson, S.T. Champion, R.L. Chenery, G.T. Clifton, M.C. Coleman, C.A. Comberg, T.E. Comeau, G.L. Comberg, J.L. Corpuz, S.G. 
Costello, J.M. Dahlquist, J..B. Davis, M.W. Dick, J.B. Dixon, I.J. Dolan. M.C. Donavan, J. Dudjak, T.A. Dumouchelle, T.K. 
Edwards, B.M. Farrar, M.L. Ferguson, M.F. Frazier, M.P. Gaddis, D.L. Galleo, R.A. Garey, J.C. Glover, J.R Gray, B.H. Hasimoto, 
T.A. Haynie, P.H. Heisey, M.M. Herbaugh, B.L. Hooks. T.B. Hudson, C.B. Huff, J.W, Jeeter, B.R. Johnson , H.L. Jones, D.J. 
Kelley, M.J.Kelley, P.R. Kramer, C.A. Kunkel, S. Kwon. K. Leary, M.C. Littiecott. M.A. Lythgoe, B.A. Maxon, A.L. McCants, 
K.C. McClung, R.F. McCormack, D.R. McCown, M.W. McSwain, M.E. Moore. S.H. Nezas, W.F. Nixon, G.E. Petty, M.L. Peveto, 
R.A. Raffay, C.V. Richardson, P.D. Riggleman, M.J. Robertson, D.K. Robinson, G.E. Rollins, J.M. Rumph, A.F. Schrichte, T.E. 
Smith, D.K. Stills, R.L. Stone, C.H. Streeter, S.S. Tancheff, S.L. Tate, R.A. Taylor, K.O. Torkelson, C.A. Tujo, C.G. Turner 

Corps 93 


Robert L. White 
First Sergeant 

Allan R. Stoneman 
Master Sergeant 

Stephen A. Breheney 
Operations Sergeant 

Michael Schenstrom 

Alpha Company First 

Class Privates: (L to 

R), Tim West. Pete 

McCrary. Mike 

Schenstrom, Mike 

Weiss, Mike Bryant, 

Tom Bruffy, Ron 

Maass, Joe Swider, 

John Kay, Greg Gooch, 

Ben Semmes, John 

Boniface, Ted 

Wilkinson, John 

Ancona, Dave Hope, 

Matt Martin; Kneeling, 

(L to R) Bill Jasinski, 

Chris Clark. 

94 C orps 





Alpha Company, 1987-88: S.W. Abbey. J.J. Adametz, N.A. Alten, L.B. Altman, J.R. Ancona, C.S Arms. E.R. Armstong, S.L. Baird. 
C.B. Barker, A.G. Beasley, J.K. Bledsoe. J. Boniface. D.M. Bowers, S.A. Breheny. E.D. Brice. B.C. Brooks. T.M. Bruffy, C.A. 
Bryant. M.S. Bryant, E.L. Buchanan, C.N. Bunn, M.H. Burton, S.M. Callaman, P.R. Canada, L.B. Carter, S.W. Carty, C.C. Cayce. 
C.A. Clark, B.C. Cox. E.L. Craft. D.A. Cribbs, M.K. Cumbee. T.O. Davis. J.S. Day. F.G. Dow. T.C. Dow, T.C. Early, C.N. 
Edmonson, T.K. Farleigh, G.D.Fittz, D.G. Fogler, T.J. Freiwald, G.W. Fuller, R.A. Gardner, M.R. George, G.C. Gooch, S.M. 
Halberg, G.J. Hall, M.W. Harding, E.L. Harrison, T.L. Hayes, R.C. Hill, T.J. Hooper, D.B. Hope, G.W. Inge, R.G. Ivy, W.T. 
Jasinski, J.C. Johnson, R.D. Johnson, J.L. Kaster, A.J. Kay, R.A. Kimmel, S.F. Klion, P.B. Kubin. M.L. Lamb, J.J. Lane, B.N. 
Lawerence, W.A. Lawerence, J.S. Leblanc, H.R. Maass, W.D. Manning, K.L. Markwalter, T.P. Marshall. D.A. Martin, M.J. 
Martin, P.E. May, C.S. McConell, R.B. McCormack, P.M. McCrary, R. Mears. T.R. Mebane, M.L. Methany, A.J. Nazzario, I.E. 
Northop, C.W. Ogden, D.M. Petka, J.E. Pittman, P.N. Quattrone, P.J. Raitz, M.A. Ratliff, D.L. Robbins, D.C. Roberts, D.D. 
Ruohomaki, J.S. Sauntry, M. Schenstrom, C.R. Schoonmaker, B.W.L. Semmes, B.J. Shotto, W.M. Simpson. S.J. Simulcik, R.A. 
Skiff, C.G. Skinner, R.L. Sparks, D.S. Stachelek, J.L. Stehn, J.B. Steverson, A.C. Stewart, D.A. Stirpe, A.R. Stoneman, J.A. Swider, 
T.W. Tarkenton, T.A. Tegtmeyer, S.A. Thoma, C.S. Thompson, G.A. Thompson, T.D. Toller, R.L. White 

Corps 95 

Bravo Company 

Derek W. Harris 
First Sergeant 

Matthew A. Tedrick 
Master Sergeant 

Kevin M. Lewis 
Operations Sergeant 

Paul C. Murray 

Bravo Company First 

Class Privates: (L to R) 

Greg Secrist, Steve 

Pearson, Doug Wishart, 

Mike Moss, John 

Scarpino, Cioyd 

Tavenner, Scott 

Turlington, Chris 

Starling. Brian O'Neil, 

Clark Mitchell, Bruce 

Busilla, Charles Nelson, 

Paul Murray, Ted 

WaiJenthin, Steve 


John F. Ryman 
Company Commander 

John P. Moore 
Platoon Leader 

Andrew E. Seliga 
Platoon Leader 



Bravo Company, 1987-88: D.K. Amsden, T.E. Bailey. J.S. Banigan, T.T. Barbour, C.K. Bish, J.R. Blanks, JR. Borderlon, C.K. 
Bornemann, W.J. Bowers, W.T. Brennan, B.S. Brice, M.H. Brunch, D.P. Bundens, B.A. Busila, M.L. Camp, J. A. Cefalu, J. Chen, 
M.W. Clegg, J.M. Cotrell, R.C. Coupland, J.M. Cox, C.P. Daniels, A.C. Dodson, S.J. Dooley, J.E. Duffy, J.H. Farleigh, M.H. 
Fridley, W.P. Caspar, CD. Mitchell, W.D. Gillette, R.B. Goodwin, J.E. Grealish, M.O. Green, J.C. Green, D.W. Harris, G.P. 
Hatchett, W.A. Hawkins, Q.O. Healey, S.T. Henry, H.S. Huntsberry, R.T. Jernigan, R.R. Johnson, M.B. Kemp, P.M. Keily, R.M. 
Kolb, K.J. Konegay, C.J. Kreanzle, J.C. Lawerence, A.H. Levy, K.M. Lewis, J.G. Li, R.B. Lucas, P.M. Mantz, J.D. Martin, K.C. 
McAllister, J.S. McCellan, T.A. McCray, W.M. McGarrah, B.R. McKenzie, W.D. McSorley, W.C. Melvin, R.J. Miller, J. P. Moore, 
M.W. Morelock, S.M. Morris, M.S. Moss, J.M. Mumma, P.C. Murray, M.T. Naifeh, E.C. Nelson, L.F. Pickering, C.A. Nunn, F.A. 
Oldfather, P.R. O'neil, M.L. Farnell, J. A. Paul, S.C. Pearson, R.M. Pedigo, H.C. Peedrers, T.C. Pegram, J.T. Pence, S.R. Peyton, 
C.W. Phillips, C.W. Phillips, J.B. Ratliff, R.L. Pitaniello, K.R. Powers, W.T. Purcell, S.D. Rankine, J.A. Rawes, R.S. Richardson, 
W.H. Rusher, J.F. Ryman, J.J. Scarpino, D.E. Schnook, G.B. Secrist, A.E. Seliga, D.L. Schaffer, T.D. Shelton, B.P. Shepard, R.A. 
Shults, A.M. Sinks, B.J. Soileau, D.R. Stanley, C.C. Starling, M.A. Stock, M.P. Sullivan, R.C. Sutton, J.B. Swink, A.F. Talliferro, 
B.D. Tate, C.T. Tavenneer, M.A. Tedrick, J.S. Turlington 

Corps 97 

Charlie Company 

Seth D.G. Ainspac 
First Sergeant 

Willaim T. Bersing 
Master Sergeant 

George E. Bouchard 
Operations Sergeant 

Raynard B. Lynch 

Charlie Company First 

Class Privates: Top 

Row (L to R) Tony 

Davilla, Tong Phan, 

Bob Clay; Bottom Row, 

Steve Barcik, John 

McConnell, Pete 

Moore, Randy 

Williamson, George 

Wan, Charles Willis, 

Scott Miller, Mike 

Mayo, Don Pham, 

Brian Hatheway, Frank 

Musarra, Ron Gillespie. 

Samuel L. Russell 
Company Commander 

Paul C. Brotzen 
Platoon Leader 

Krirkchai Kloyaroon 
Platoon Leader 

9S Corps 






Charlie Company, 1987-88: D.J. Ahrens, S.D.G. Ainspac, S. Alexander, M.J. Ahns, T.D. Ashe, M.H. Bannigan. S.J. Barcik, M.C. 
Barnes, G.S. Barr, W.T. Bersing, D.A. Bland, G.L. Booth, R.W. Booth, G.E. Bouchard, R.W. Bradford, C.J. Bready, P.C. Brotzen, 
E.J. Brown, D.W. Buckley, A.S. Burch, J.K. Burns, H.S. Carmicheal, E.B. Carpenter, R.E. Clay, D.D. Clement, F.D. Coleman, C.A. 
Cowley, E.D. Danna, D.L. Darden, A.S. Davilla, J.M. Davis, P. Dejesus, B.A. Demmers, J.R. Demmers, G.A. Dick, W.P. Donahue, 
R.J. Dotterweich, J.A. Draper, T.S. Eckloff, C.P. Engel, L.M. Farrell, J.J. Fegley, M.S. Ferrell, T.J. Finkler, S.F. Fitton, J.E. 
Franklin, K.W. Gallagher, M.E. Gallagher, R.V. Gillespie, J.A. Gheer, J.K. Hahn, J.C. Hale, D.G. Harper. R.D. Harris, B.A. 
Hatheway, M.H. Haynes, R.W. Hays, S. Herzog, E.H. Hin, T.A. Hooks, R.W. Hopkins, K.N. Howerton, J.A. Hynes, T. Infantio, 
D.C. Jones, D.S. Joesph, M.A. Karns, S.J. Kealoha, P.C. Keenan, T.W. Kerner, J.G. King, K. Kloyaroon, L.A. Kreiser, P.R. Krug, 
A.G. Lonsdale, R.B. Lynch, M.A. Manning, J.A. Martone, I.T. Matenopoulos, M.M. Mayo, J.E. McConnel, C.A. McLean, J.S. 
Miller, W.E. Miller, E.G. Williams, P.W. Moore, T.S. Munno, E.F. Murphy, F.V. Mussara, L.A. Nathan, R.C. Nickel, J.V. Parrot, 
T.L. Pennington, D.H. Pham, T.T. Phan, J.B. Pugel, P.D. Quinn, B.S. Reed, M. Reilly, C.E. Rhodes, P.G. Roberts, D.M. Royer, S.L. 
Russell, G.A. Scott, C.A. Sewell, T.W. Shadle, E.D. Simpson, D.J. Smaaleden, B.T. Snider, D.C. Spitz, M.C. Sprouse, R.D. Stone, 
C.A. Stringer, K.P. Sullivan, A.B. Taylor, CM. Taylor, C.A. Thompson, F.M. Thurston, S.A. Toler, T.P. Tolley, M.P. Thahar, R.H. 
Trumbo, R.J. Uhorchuk, G.R. Usi 

Corps 99 


X^H^iirBn' '[■■'■■'""'"'■' ■■■I— ■■-■■-■.■— ■■—I.-.—.— 

Delta Company 

Alfredo M. Versoza 
First Sergeant 

John P. Piedmont 
Master Sergeant 

Edward L. Herrington 
Operations Sergeant 

Andre P. Urtiew 

Delta Company First 

Class Privates: Back 

Row (L to R) Bill 

Burns. Dale Williams, 

Martin Castillo; Front 

Row, Grant Keihl, Mike 

Anderson, A.J. 

Williams, Ed Hannegan, 

Curran Bowen, Tom 

Ustach, Andy Thorpe, 

Neal Culiner, Ted 

Wagner, Carlos 

Loftstrom, Bill Reagan, 

Drew Barends, Andre 

Urtiew, John Heslin, 

Mark Doyle, Dan 

Shrimpton, Jim Kiker, 

Bill Mitchell, Bill 


William H. Cronenberg 
Company Commander 

James W. Ring 
Executive Officer 

Kevin C. Warren 
Platoon Leader 

Thomas F. Reimann 
Platoon Leader 

William T. Gregory 
Platoon Leader 



F* 1 








100 Corps 





■g- .jC^i.^'* 

^''^'^ #v^ 


Delta Company, 1987-88: M.S. Anderson, E.S. Assimakopoulos, S.R. Baber, S.L.R. Baca, K.D. Bailey, A.F. Barends, A.K. Barr, 
B.T. Billingsley, T.G. Bosetti, T.W. Boswell, J.C.D. Bowen, J.M. Bristol, K.A. Bryan, W.E. Burns, F.L. Cager, J.D. Cager, J.D. 
Caine, H.A. Carter, H.A. Carvey, M.O. Castillo, R.D. Childress, J.M. Childs, D. Conforti, M.E. Connolly, I.M. Connor, T. Cook. 
CM. Crawford, W.H. Cronenberg, N.J. Culiner, M.S. Cunningham, M.G. Doyle, S.W. Dudar, B.P. Duffy, R.A. Duke, CD. Early, 
J.L. Ellis, B.A. English, CB. Elster, M.T. Folsom, S.L. Frankel, CE. Fuller, J.D. Gates, D.A. George, J.G. Gilbert, W.T. Gregory 
,J.H. Hammonds, E.A. Hannagan, CM. Hannum, D.T. Hart, M.J. Hawks, E.L. Herrington, J. P. Heslin, T.H. Hubbard, R.K. Jones, 
CL. Julio, G.L. Keihl, J.W. Kiker, S. Knieling, P. Krickorian, J.S. Lawson, C Lee, J.R. Levine, C.J. Loftstrom, F.G. Louthan, J.K. 
Lu, W.H. Lyons, T.L. Mabrey, J.J. Masella. J.H. Mavor, D.D. McGraw, W.R. McKay, B.K. McReynoIds, R.C McReynolds. R.C 
McWillaims, K.S. Miller, W.J. Mitchell, J.R. Mousheigan, D.M. MuUori, M.B. Murphy, W.S. Orlov, J. Pan. T. Pheeraphan, J.P. 
Peidmont, CL. Pratt, T. Pugh, W.M. Rader, G.P. Raiford, G.W. Reagan, T.F. Reimann, L.G. Riddick, J.W. Ring, K.C Robinson, 
W.E. Rogers, J.J. Rogers, M.P. Roman, K.A. Ross, B.J. Rost, G.A Rougeau, B.K. Sadler, R.B. Sayegh, A. Schmidt, J.W. Schmoyer. 
M.J. Schwarzmann, J.C Setze, J.C Setze, G.M. Seyfert ,S.W. Shelden, D.M. Shrimpton, F.W. Smith, E.W. Swanson, P.K. Tallat- 
Kelpsa, S.R. Thorpe, J.R. Toepfer, R.J. Townend, S.W. Tuck, P.A. Tunnard, T.J. Ustach, A. P. Urteiw, P.J. Valenzzuela 

Corps 101 


Echo Company 

Micheal J. Leeney 
Platoon Leader 

Hugh J. McMenamin 
Platoon Leader 

Robert S. Crow 

Platoon Leader 

J. Christopher Goff 
Company Commander 

Steven D. McKone 
Executive Officer 

William S Cairo 
First Sergeant 

John T. Corley 
Master Sergeant 

Lloyd N. Bell 
Operations Sergeant 




% 9 



Echo Company First 

Class Privates: (L to R) 

John Parrot, Frank 

Charlonis, Dave 

Gibbings, Chris 

Baumstark, Dave Baker, 

Bob Clark, Andy 

Andres, Hugh 

McMenamin, Scott 

Davilla, Jim Maggelet, 

Bo Baik, Mike Leeney, 

Calvin Anderson, Brian 


102 Corps 




Echo Company, 1987-88: K.K. Ahn, C.N. Anderson, F.D. Andres. M.S. Arboneux, B.H. Baik, D.F. Baker, R.S. Barsamian, C.J. 
Baumstark, D.C. Beard, L.N. Bell, J.H. Black, P.V. Brindley, B.B. Brodigan, W.M. Brown, W.S. Cairo, A.B. Cajigal, G.A. Canedo, 
C.S. Cathcart, F.W. Charlonis, J.H. Chong, C.L. Chretien, C.J. Clark, R.J. Clark, K.H. Cobb, T.F. Collette, J.A. Consolvo, J.T. 
Corley, T.A. Cottman, S.D. Crone, R.S. Crow, C.A. Cruz, S.R. Davilla, K.R. Devero, C.G. Dixon, M.W. Doucette, R.L. Draper, S.E. 
Druiett, A.J. Duda, I.A. Duthie, C.L. Eubank, T.P. Fanshaw, T.B. Farmer, C.K. Finwood, D.J. Fitzgerald, T.E. Fortune, D.R. 
Gibbings, R.S. Gimbert, D.L. Ginski, J.C. Goff, R.C. Greenway, J.B. Balsam, M.H. Balsam, T.V. Heffern, J.M. Bemlick, M.R. 
Hemenez, P.F. Bicks, D.A. Bolland, T.S. Boover, B.C. Butchin, M.A. Joynt, K. Jung, D. Kaczmarek, B.J. Keith, M.G.Kelly, Y.C. 
Kim, I.e. Kuchler, M.A. Lake, J. P. Lanzilotta, A. Lavin, M.J. Leeney, S.R. Linder, C. Liu; J.L. Macmichael, J.T. Maggelet, M.L. 
Malloy, A.M. Manoff, T.A. McKee, S.D. McKone, B.J. McMenamin, N.E. McSweeney, R.R. Mehl, K.A. Mcshaw, M.D. 
Mezzacca, M.S. Milner, J.T. Mistr, F.S. Mulcahy, M.A. Munno, R.L. Neff, C.P. Nguyen, M.L. Ober, W.G. Oxtoby, G.E. Palomar, 
T.A. Patenesky, R.D. Payne ,G.C. Peck, D.B. Rattliff, D.K. Raucher, P.M. Recrosio, J.L. Roberts, R.L. Roland, V.M. Sabino ,B.L. 
Sanchez, G. Saukulak, B.A. Smals, M.E. Sossi, T.N.C. Spivey, L.J. Stellitano, C.B. Story, M.D. Teu, T.S. Toye, R.C. Treanor 

Corps 103 


Foxtrot Company 

George T. Henning 
First Sergeant 

Kyle P. Nordmeyer 
Master Sergeant 

Christopher Mitchell 
Operations Sergeant 

Peter H. Bernstein 

Foxtrot Company First 

Class Privates: Back 

Row (L to R), James 

Jannusch, Vic Sredl, 

Mark Snedecor, Tom 

Bohlman; Front Row, 

Rob Campell, Pete 

Bernstein, Rick Blocker, 

John Keppler, Matt 

Koloseike, Mike 

Pannell, Ed Page, Ted 

Cusick, Tony Ammons, 

Mike Crotty, Don 

Calder, John LaRue. 

Christopher G. Hall 
Company Commander 

John J. Wanat 
Executive Officer 

James W. Wieking 
Platoon Leader 

Robert A. Chaszar 
Platoon Leader 

William R. Dyer 
Platoon Leader 


104 Corps 





Foxtrot Company, 1987-88: K.L. Alvis, H.J. Amato, T.L. Ammons, M. Anderson, G.T. Armbruster, W.T. Arnold, A.L. Baker, D.G. 
Bender ,P.H. Bernstein, P.H. Black, E.R. Blocker, R.D. Blocker, C.J. Bodnar, T.E. Bohlman. C.I. Bond, S.F. Bora, J.D. Bower, M.W. 
Bridges, D.C. Brown, J.A. Brumfeild, E.A. Buechler, D.R. Cadigan. D.W. Calder, C.J, Callahan, R.W. Campell, P.R. Catalano ,R.A. 
Chazar, S.L. Chein, T.R. Clark, B.B. Collier, A.M. Conville, J.H. Crist, W.H. Crone, M.S. Crotty, J.R. Cuiper, T.J. Cusick, DM. 
Dicesare, B.K. Dickenson, S.T. Dorsey, M.G. Dudas, S.G. Duffy, W.R. Dyer, P.J. Finan, R.L. Forgie, G.L. Fox, K.J. Gheen, J.J. 
Gionti, J.P. Gottwald, R.J. Gudz, G.K. Hale, C.G. Hall, T.J. Harmon, G.T. Henning, T.L. Hernandez, R. Hill, M.W. Holloway, R.E. 
Hudgins, J.L. Hurley, E.R. Insinnia, M.A. Inteso, D.S. Irby, J.T. Jackson, T.H. Janeway, J.E. Jannusch, R.A. Jarrell, A.W. Johnson. 
S.T. Jones, J.J. Keppler, R.P. Kerr, M.B. Koloseike, R.A. Kuhn, P.R. Lampman, J.A. Larue, G.B. League, C.H. Lin, C.A. Lloyd, 
J.A. Manning, B.J. McCarthy, D.E. McGrew, P.M. McKinney. T.J. McLaughlin, P.A. Mele, C.R. Menia, R.A. Miller. J.R. Milner, 
C. Mitchell, K.G. Musick, K.P. Nordemeyer, J.H. Osborn, R. Owen, E.R. Page, M.V, Pannell, M.N. Perdue, D.E. Peters, W.B. 
Powers, C.A. Preston, D.M. Robinson, E.J. Rodriguez, R.N. Rushing, C.W. Schistock, J.K. Sheeran, R.D. Shelton, J.L. Sigmon, 
W.A. Sinclair, P. Sirisuth, C.S. Smith, M.A. Snedacor, T.F. Spetz, V.J. Sredl, B.S. Stables, S.N. Stocks, T.R. Sullivan, M.T. Tilley, 
W. Tong, W.V Trumpore, B.M. Turner 


Golf Company 

David L. Williams 
Company Commander 

Anthony W. Wilson 
Executive Officer 

Dan W. Riley 

Platoon Leader 

Hugh P. Brien 
Platoon Leader 

Duncan C. Porter 
First Sergeant 

Randolph L. Wood 
Master Sergeant 

Robert W. Jones 
Operations Sergeant 

Walter W. Coleman 

Golf Company First 

Class Privates: Mike 

Owen, John Doyle, Dan 

Salyan, Walt Coleman, 

Al Cuellar, Chris Start, 

Sean Cantrell, Kenny 

Stewart, Thorpe 


Corps 106 




Golf Company, 1987-88: C.A. Abernathy, B.N. Albro, R.W. Alder. M.T. Amato, CM. Amory, R.L. Baines, W.C. Barnes, G.P. 
Beale, L.W. Bewley, C.T. Blekicki, S.P. Boyle, H.P. Brien, V.D. Buser, W.B. Butler, J.B. Cabell, S.P. Cantrell, T.L. Clark, W.W. 
Coleman, W.E. Coleman, A.H. Collier, K.T. Cool, J.G. Covey, J.L. Covey, C.W. Crane, A.F. Cuellar, R.M. Cunningham, T. Curran, 
S.M. Daly, G.N. Damron, R.W. Davis, A. P. Demaio, V.A. Dewya, E.W. Delhi, D.M. Dillon, P.J. Dillon, P.B. Donovan, Q.P. 
Donavan, B.R Dorman, T.C. Doupnik, J.L. Doyle, M.P. Dunleavy, R.S. Edwards, W.N. Felty, J.R. Fisher, D.J Fitzpatrick, J.F. 
Florio, R.R. Foster, J.T. France, C.E. Garbett, M.M. Cesser, J.M. Gillespie, J.L. Greenspon, T.N. Hammer, L.B. Havird, D.W. 
Henderson, A.H. Hoofnagle, S.D. Huang, J. P. Hunter, E.E. Hyde, R.B. Ibanez, CM. Isakov, T.J. Jacobs, M.D. Jannusch, G.J. 
Jarvis, M.W. Jefferies, B.J. Johnson, R.W. Jones, M.M. Joyner, H. Kao, P.R. Kelly, M.W. Kimberly, F.J. Lehman, CK. Littlefeild, 
C.T. Loret, C.T. Mack, P.J. Madigan, J.D. Martin, M.E. Masley, K.A. Mattis, D.M. McClintock, P.D. McMahan, M.C McQuinlev, 
G.S. Miles, D.G. Miller, CF. Minnigerode, C.A. Mitlehner, T.P. Nolan, R.R. Oferall, R.W. Ondrick, M.D. Owen, P.H. Pardew, H.J. 
Penn, M.W. Perkins, CL. Phillips, M.B. Pilley, D.C Porter, T.A. Putre, D.W. Riley, T.R. Roberts, J.L. Shanke, S.K. Sciaretta, D.H. 
Shirey, R.R. Slater, T.L. Spence, CL. Start, D.P. Salyan, K.A. Stewart, M.G. Stockwell, CM. Stone, B.J. Swiencinski, K.E. Sykes, 
T.L. Thompson, S.M. Tooker, T.R. Towers, J. A. Tysinger, L.B. Usher 

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ililiiUlllliililll IIIIIMIIillllllllHIMIiBmi 

Hotel Company 

Yuh-Loong Tarng 
First Sergeant 

John R. Giltz 
Master Sergeant 

Stephen M. Joern 
Operations Sergeant 

Micheal A. Beyer 

Hotel Company First 

Class Privates: Back 

Row (L to R), Mike 

Beyer, Brian Egloff, 

Steve King, Phil Kay; 

Middle Row, Guy 

Gormley, Sean Bischoff, 

Rich Pitts, Hammond 

Urner, Dave Wade, 

Geoff Sklar, Mark 

Wilson, Tom O'Buckley, 

Radoslaw Szcepanski, 

J.D. Lee: Front Row, 

Dave Pitts, Jim Buddo, 

Matt McGhee, Charlie 

Chung, Keihl Holzman, 

Steve Quintavalli. 

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Hotel Company, 1987-88: S.G. Anderson, T.F. Austin. J.A. Aydelette, W.H. Bain, T.D. Baker. M.C. Balad, B.E. Bangley, C.G. 
Barnett, CM. Barnwell, C.H. Barnhorst. P.J.W. Becker, M.A. Beyer. M.R. Biliunas. S.M. Bishoff. D.L. Bowman, J.S. Buddo, R.C. 
Buffkin, E.H. Burks, S.B. Callejo, F.J. Champion, D.M. Chambers, M.R. Cheadle, C.C. Chung, R.F. Cole, M.E. Corson, C.F. 
Daniels, M.E. Doczi, K.D. Draper, E.W. Dunnington, R.E. Edwards, B.P. Egloff. J.D. Elie, E.A. England, A.A. Fairchild, C.A. 
Fernandes, S.J. Ferrazzanno, R.C. Gates, CD. Gideons, J.R. Giltz, J.C Golden, E.T. Gormley, T.C Grant, K.P. Hanford, P.B. 
Hartigan, M.J. Heinze, J.M. Hennigan, R.I. Hoar, K.W. Holtzman, G.C Hoofnagle, C.C. Inteso, J.M. Jacobs, S.M. Joern, I.C 
Jones, P.E. Kay, S.E. King, S.G. King, A. Kvasnicka, CR. Larlee, R.J. Layton, K.A. Leamy, J.D. Lee, S.D. Leanord, P.T. Lesho, 
S.A. Lewis, B.T. Markert, A.H. McCaig, K.M. McCarthy, D.S. McCauley, M.W. McGhee, A.Q. Mcintosh, S.E. Mead, A.T. 
Mergens, M.J. Malfalcone, T.F. Moore, M.S. Morris, G.T. O'Buckley, E.P. Odin, C.C. Osbourne, P.R. Oviatt, G.C. Palme, CM. 
Peckham, J.C. Peterson, D.A. Pitts, R.B. Pitts, P.D. Poon, S. Quintavalli, F.H. Ray, D.B. Rich, M.J. Robichaud, C.G. Ross, O.A. 
Rudolph, K.J. Rumsey, A.L. Schaff, CR. Schinder, D. Schmidt, B.R. Selnau, C.J. Serwinski, G.A. Sibayan. G.S. Sklar, H.R. Smith, 
S.M. Smith, S.J. Smith, R.S. Spellmeyer, R.A. Speildenner, B.E. Stone, D.C Sullivan, M.C. Sutton, M.H. Swanson, R.J. Szcze- 
panski, T.Y.L. Tarng, J.A. Tavenner, A.L. Taylor, A.J. Tunnard, J.H. Urner 


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Andrew L. Rose 
First Sergeant 

Sean W. Raborn 

Master Sergeant 

Gerald D. Ernst 
Operations Sergeant 

Gregg M. Lavangie 

India Company First 

Class Privates: (L to 

R), Myron Kindley, 

Hugh McGloin, Chris 

Demmons, Tom 

Kennedy, Jay Nagle, 

Greg Lavangie, Frank 

Devenoge, Scott 

McCumber, Calvin 

Williams, J.D. McCray, 

Chris Long, Rob Davis, 

Ray Marsh, Severen 


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India Company, 1987-88: E.E. Ames, T.T. Andersen, J. A. Apostle, W.H. Ator, A.A. Back, J.C. Barnes, I.E. Bauer, G.H. Bowles, 
F.A. Brown, G.B. Byrne, R.E. Clark, P.S. Coffman, M.W. Craft, N.L. Cross, M.J. Current, J.L. Davis, R.S, Davis, CM. Demmons, 
F.X. Devenoge, W.R. Dowd, j.A. Dufford, B.K. Dufford, B.K. Durham, C.E. Ellis, G.D. Earnst, M.H. Path, T.S. Feagans, R.D. 
Fitzhugh, L. Oilman, R.E.L. Gowan, CD. Green, J.S. Griffea, R.W. Guiler, N.A. Maimer, M.W. Henning, D.T. Mickey, R.L. 
Hildebrand, L.M. Mollans, J.D. Howe, J.M. Mubbard, M.M. Mumes, G.M. Murst, L.S. Murst, S.E. Imel, T.B. Inge. L.F. Johnson, 
K.S. Judd, J.R. Kendall, G.R. Kendrick, T.B. Kennedy, M.R. Kindley, J.S. Kostoff, K.P. Kovac, K.S. Krynski, CD. Land, E.D. 
Lassalle, G.M. Lavangie, M.W. Lee, CR. Long, J.A. Lough, A.V. Loving, S.M. Ludmer, W.A. Madison, M.J. Maleraba, R.T. 
Marks, A.M. Marro, R.W. Marsh, M.W. Martin, P.A. Martinez, S.D. Maynard, W.J. McClary, J.D. McCray, S.P. McCumber. 
M.M. McGloin, R.W. McMinn, F.A. Meccia, L. Mings, A.D. Moon, C.E. Morris, L.G. Murray, J.C. Nagle, G.D. Noewante, P.O. 
Oleary, R.F. Pell, C.F. Plageman, S.W. Raborn, R.W. Radonis, G.A. Rahab, M.B. Ralston, R.C Rice, J.F. Rioux, S.M. Roenker, 
A.L. Rose, G.E. Rose, T.C Rule, S.M. Rusher, G.M. Sandway, N.A. Schmeling, R.J. Schnock, P.M. Secrist, O.V. Sessoms, J.C. 
Shaik, J.C. Shipley, J.D. Shorter, E.D. Sisk, T.G. Slater, M. Small, S.E. Smith. M.S. Snoden, J.M. Sokolowski, S.W. Stafford, W.T. 
Stewart, R.G. Strange, R.R. Susnar, T.F. Talley ,D.L. Thompson. D.A. Tillery, W.C Tremaglio 

Corps 1 I I 

The Honor Court 

A past Honor Court President once wrote, "Genu- 
ine Honesty is an inflexible, uncompromising trait, 
not subject to redefinition and reassesment by society 
or changing values." It is this type of honesty that the 
VMl man carries with him where ever he goes. 

Behind the Honor System rests nearly a century 
and a half of tradition and pride, bound and protect- 
ed by all V.Ml men . At the very base of the system 
lies the Honor Code — the lifeblood of the Institute. 
For it is the Code that dictates the style of life by 
which all V.Vll men must live. Its purpose is to main- 
tain the high standards of integrity and honor tradi- 
tionally attributed to the VMl man by instilling in 
each cadet the desire to conduct himself according to 
the Code of a Gentleman. It is for this reason that a 
cadet does not LIE, CHEAT, STEAL nor TOLER- 
.ATE those who do. These words — lie, cheat, and 
steal — need no explaination. Honor is black and 
white — you either lied or you did not lie, you either 
cheated or did not cheat, you either stole or did not 
steal. There are no degrees of honor. 

It is the intent of the Honor Code that over the 
course of every man's cadetship he w ill not only live 
by the Code for the sake of the Code itself, but that 
he will continue to live and grow in that highest sense 
of personal honor that all VMl men carry with them 
for the rest of their lives. 

First Row (L to R): Robert A. Chaszar, Prosecutor, Thomas F. Reimann, President, 
Kirk J. Dewyea, Prosecutor. Second Row (L to R): Mark D. Lamb. Senior Voting 
Member, Daniel C. Young, Vice President, James P. Tuemler, Senior Voting Member. 

The 1987-88 Honor Court: First Row (L to R): James P. Tuemler, Robert A. Chaszar, Thomas F. Reimann, 
Kirk J. Dewyea, Daniel C. Young, Mark D. Lamb. Second Row (L to R): Brian P. Duffy, Matthew A. Tedrick, 
John C. Gregory, John J. Wanat, Christopher T. Goerner, Christopher G. Hall, Paul R. Canada, F. Todd 
Robinson, J. Coleman Lawerence, Raphael S. Barsamian. 

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The General Commitee 






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A rat faces the G.C. for taking a 
third class privelege. The G.C. has 
more rats appear before it than any 
other class, but all classes are sub- 
jected to its rules. 

The faculty adviser for the G.C. is 
Major Tate, (far left) This years 
recorders for the G.C. were Frank 
Devonge (center) and Mark Wil- 
son. (right) 

The 1987-88 General Commitee: 
Front Row (L to R). Mark Arbon- 
eaux, Adam Volant, Dave Wil- 
liams; Back Row, Andy England, 
Tim Finkler, Ned Cox, Charles 
Plageman, Kevin Jones, Finnic 

The General Commitee is one of the 
stongest forms of student government in 
the nation. Composed of the class officers 
of the upper three classes, the G.C. en- 
forces the rules that govern the conduct of 
the Corps and governs the class system of 
privileges. Aside from this role, the G.C. is 
the officailly recognized voice of the Corps 
by the administation, even above the First 
Captain and the cadet chain of command. 

The G.C. is made up of the three class 
officers from each of the upper three class- 
es. The President, Vice President and His- 
torian of each class are elected soon after 
breakout during rat year. The positons are 
permanent, unless the officers fail in a vote 
of confidence by the class as a whole, 
which itself must be specailly called for. 
The President of the First Class acts as 
President of the G.C. 

The major function of the G.C. is the 
enforcement of class privileges. Privileges 
are given out according to seniority, and 
usually change very little from year to 
year, if at all. The First Class determines 
what privileges are to be given to each 
class. The penalty a cadet receives for tak- 
ing a privilege not accorded him is 5 pt's 
for every year in seniority the cadet lacks 
for possesion of the privelege he has "tak- 
en". All upperclass cadets are authourized 
to refer another cadet to the G.C. for tak- 
ing a privilege, regardless of class, rank or 

The G.C. also wears a second hat, acting 
as the Executive Commitee. The E.C. is 
responsiple for dealing with any conduct 
by a cadet which may bring discredit on 
the Corps in the public's eye. The penalties 
issued by the G.C. acting in this role are 
much more diverse. The G.C. is authour- 
ized to suspend or dismiss a cadet, if the 
situation warrants it. 

Aside from its role as a disciplinary 
body, the General Commitee also acts as 
the voice of the Corps in many cases. Each 
set of class officer adresses problems and 
issues involving his class, and when unified 
the G.C. does the same for the Corp as a 

The General Commitee and the class 
system it administers are essential in mak- 
ing VMI what it is, and seperates the cadet 
experience at VMI from the college expe- 
rience of other students at both civillian 
and military schools. 

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The Rat Council 

The Rat Council is the sub-commitee 
of the G.C. charged with the enforcing 
the standards of the ratline, as they are 
defined by the First Class. The R.C. is 
responsible for assigning penalties to 
defficent rats, and directing the course 
of the ratline. 

This years R.C. was different from 
those in the past. Instead of giving out 
PT's or workouts, this year's R.C. gave 
out rat tours. This was a a throw back 
to the First Class's own ratline. An R.T. 
consists of one hour straining around 
the stoop, guarding statues, or doing 
menial tasks around post, a sort of 
'community service'. Another major 
change in the R.C. was the addition of 
second classmen. Traditionally com- 
posed entirely of first classmen, the 
R.C. added the seconds in order to help 
releive the administrative workload on 
the first class members. This years R.C. 
was led by president Steve Neary. 

top Right, TliL- l9X7-!s» R C, Back Ro« (LtoRl. 
Oregg Thomas. Sieve Neary, Jim Wiekmg; Bottom 
Row, Rob Davis, John Parrot, Chris Starling, Gu.s 
Schuster, Derek McFarland, Raynard Lynch. Mike 
Coleman, John Scarpino, Mike Leeney, Edward 
Armstrong. Right Center. R.C. President Steve 
Neary presents a rat with a card at an R.C. meeting. 
Right. Second Class assistants to the R.C. (L to R) 
I red Smith. Randy Wood, Ken Krynski. Kyle Nor- 
dcmeyer. Bob .Mder. .Above, Derek McFarland, Ed- 
die Armstrong, and Mike Coleman turn up the heat 
on a rat. 

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The Officer of the Guard Association 

The Officer of the Guard Association is 
an organization that is made exclusively 
up of First Class Privates, the backbone of 
the Corps of Cadets. The OGA works di- 
rectly with the General Committee, in that 
the OGA is the investigating arm of the 
GC. However, the OGA does more than 
just investigate General Committee cases. 
The OGA also functions as the voice of 
the Corps in regards to all areas of life that 
effect the cadets. Another function of the 
OGA is to work within their company and 
resolve any problems that arise with a ca- 
det who recieves an unfair penalty from 
the commandants office. 

The OGA is elected by members of the 
first class who vote for a representative of 
each individual company. Then elections 
within the class select the President. Then 
the President selects the various officers 
(ie. Vice President and Secretary). These 
men will represent the views of the mem- 
bers of their companies and work hard to 
help any member of their company should 
the need arise. 

The main function of the OGA is to act 
as the investigative arm of the General 
Committee. You may ask. How does an 
OGA investigation work? Well, I'll tell 
you. The General Committee President 
sends down to the OGA president a re- 
quest for an investigation. The OGA presi- 
dent then assigns a member of the OGA as 
the investigating Officer. This man will 
collect written statements from all of those 
involved and will try to find certain facts 
that are part of the case. The investigator 
will then call all of the parties involved for 
interviews to clarify the written state- 
ments. After all the evidence has been 
gathered the investigator submits his re- 
port and also his recommendations for the 
case. These recommendations are not 
binding upon the GC president. The thing 
to remember is that the OGA only finds 
out is who, what where, when, why, and 

O.G.A. President Al Cuellar, consults with the sec- 
ond class officers during a G.C. meeting. Al attends 
all G.C. meetings as an observer and also to insure 
that all cadets get a fair deal. 
The 1987-88 O.G.A.: Front Row (L to R), Frank 
Charlonis, Secretary. Al Cuellar, President, Walt 
Coleman, Vice President. Second Row, Scott Turl- 
ington, Geoff Sklar, Gregg Lavangie, Bill Mitchell, 
Mark Riley, Back Row, Peter Bernstein, Matt Wau- 
ben, Tim Hooper. 


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Brother Rat 

The Brother Rat Spirit is one of the most important facets of a cadets daily 
life that makes the VMI experience so unique among all colleges. Every 
cadet will form his strongest friendships, which will often last a lifetime, 
within his class with his Brother Rats. It is these friends who help an 
individual make it through when the times get tough, and who he first turns 
to during times of joy. Each individual contributes to his class as a whole in 
his own unique way, whether that contribution is big or small. 

Despite being much maligned, the term "Brother Rat" holds alot of 
weight, as does the meaning behind the words. The bonds formed at VMI are 
taken into the outside world, and bring VMI men back to the Institute five, 
ten and fifty years later to be reunited with their BR's. A cadet eats, sleeps, 
and lives with his Brother Rats. Together they go through the pain of the 
ratline and the joy and triumph of Ring Figure and Graduation. Through all 
of this a special kind of cameraderie is built and grows, and despite all the 
joys of graduation, it is always hard to 
' leave that cameraderie behind, and leave 
ones Brother Rats. 

Every year the size of a class shrinks, as 

grades, demerits and and the pressures of 

VMI take their toll. Even as the numbers 

. .^.; ^ .J decrease the class itself grows, each class 

■* ' .. .;"* * • . taking on its own personality and maturing 

.■ .\\ :.i.;r:' ^- ^s its members become wise to the ways of 

the VMI system. By first class year the 

class has taken on an identity all of its own, 

St:. <»<•,.;, and this identity prevades barracks, as 

_|'^!' each first class runs barracks in its own 


It is within the class, with ones friends 
' , and Brother Rats, that the high school boy 

grows into the VMI man, the Citizen- 
i Soldier. 

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Mark S. Arboneaux 


Adam C. Volant 


David L. Williams 

120 First Class 



As Class Historian I have been assigned the 
duty of putting down in words the history of 
The Class of 1988. Each cadet's journey 
through the Institute's rigorous system is full 
of trials and tribulations which are often the 
roots for failure, and perhaps at times motiva- 
tion for success. The ups that characterize 
each cadet's struggle through V.M.I, also 
characterize the journey of the class as a 

Our Class began its journey with a major 
down, this being of course Matriculation. We 
were scared and unsure of what was to come. 
As that first demanding year progressed we 
could see no light at the end of the tunnel until 
that morning of 15 February 1985 when the 
turn-out was made in the mess hall that Mili- 
tary Duty for that day would be 

Our first major "up" was met with jubila- 
tion only to be shortly met with our second 
trial; the Third Class Year. Characterized by 
academic struggles we found ourselves burn- 
ing the late night oil trying earnestly to please 

our professors in order to see two stripes on 
our sleeves, and the Ring on our finger that we 
were now all dreaming of 

The struggles of academia soon were but 
memories, and our attention began to turn to 
Ring Figure. Hard work and dedication was 
the key to the success for Ring Figure 1988. 
Our Brother Rats worked diligently with com- 
mittees such as TCFC, Ring Design, Hop and 
Floor, Hotel, and the list goes on. These ef- 
forts made Ring Figure the best "up" our 
Class had yet experienced. As our Second 
Class year came to an end our attention began 
to turn toward our last year and the responsi- 
bility that would be placed upon us in just a 
few short months. 

As August 1 987 rolled in so did the realiza- 
tion that we were now First Classmen with 
dykes, responsibilities, cars, weekends — the 
list of privileges seemed endless. This high 
morale was soon confronted with admininstra- 
tive changes that brought about turmoil be- 
tween our class and the Corps, but more spe- 
cifically the Administration itself. However, 

showing what we were made of we were able 
to meet the challenge of change head-on, de- 
signing new and resourceful ways to imple- 
ment our system. We have now seen another 
class in our barracks receive their rings, and 
the realization is clear that soon it will all be 
over. An emotion associated with a feeling of 
jubilation and satisfaction, yet a strange feel- 
ing that endings always seem to bring. Yet this 
is truly not an ending, but the beginning of a 
new and exciting journey. 

Thus, our Class as all classes before us has 
met and conquered the challenges that the 
Institute has to offer. At this we wondered if it 
was worth the while. However, as all who have 
come before us we too will be rewarded as a 
result of being a member of The Class of 
1988, and that priceless stigma of being a 
V.M.I. Man! 

Dave L. Williams 


Class of 1988 






James Bradford Adams 

Damski, D"ski, Sparky, Spazz-Monster 

Lniled States Army — EC 

Midlothian, Virginia. 

Hop & Floor 4, 3, 2. 1, Sec. 2, Pres. 1; Corporal; 
Sergeant; Caplain; Cadre 3, 2; College Republicans 
4, 3, 2; Marshall Library 3. 2. 1,CIC 1; Third Battal- 
ion Commander; International Relations Club; 356 
Club; Deans List 3, Omicron Delta Epsilon 3, 4; 
Non-Spanish Speakers Union 4. 3. 2, 1. 

Like others I could say it's been miserable and I have 
had a terrible time, but in all honesty I've enjoyed my 
years here and I know time will prove the sacrifices 
worth while 

Thanks Mom and Dad for all the tailgates, care 
packages, encouraging letters, love and support. 

Dykes — 1985 Rob Mitchel 

— 1991 "S" Wade Shelden 

Kevin Lewis Alvis 


Goochland. Virginia 

Dean's List 3; investment Club I; Advertising Man- 
ager — The Cadet I; Number I Club; Society of 
Young Economists; Ring Figure Hotel and Band 
Committee; Private 4. 3. 2, I; Subway VIP Member 
2. I. 

It almost seems like a rule that in writing one's class 
historv you have to thank your parents and how can I 
break a rule like that? Thanks Mom and Dad for all 
of your love and support over the last 4 years. I know 
that 1 will never be able to repay you for all you have 
done, I only hope I made you proud. 
I don't think I can say anything about VMl that 
hasn't been said before, so 1 won't even try. 1 vowed 
that I would never say this, but almost everything I've 
been told about VMI is true. This place is easy to 
dislike, and I often did dislike it, but I can't complain 
about the friends I've made. John, I only wish we 
could have finished together dude, you kept me sane 
and 1 really miss you! You better come back loser! 
Sam, I wish we could have roomed together all 4 
years, but the two were good enough — thanks 
Shorty. Randy, Phil and Steve, you guys were great 
roommates — thanks for all the good times guys, and 
good luck in the future. Nancy, thank you for putting 
up with VMI and me for the last few years, I Love 

I've learned a lot at VMI and I think I may have 
grown some also. It has been a long, strange trip, but 
when I look back on it I think I'll say that it was a 
long and strange trip 

Dykes — 1985 Scot Bryant 

— 1991 William Coleman 

Tony Leon Ammons Jr. 


Virginia Beach. Virginia 

Football 4; Wrestling 3; Corporal 3; IEEE 3, 2, 
l(Treasurer); Briefcase Bandit 3; ABC Bowler 3; 
Campout Crew 3; X-men 3, 2, I; Sgt 2; Chairman 
Ring Figure Formal 2; Engineering Society Of VMI 
2, I; AFCEA Award 2; Eta Kappa Nu 1. 

It's finally over, and I can now say goodbye to VMI 
for the last time as a cadet. There is no way I could 
possibly say it has been all fun, but I definitely had 
many fun times while here. There are so many people 
to thank for these fun times I don't know where to 
start, so I guess the beginning is best. Chris somehow 
we hit it off good from the start, and thanks for being 
there to help laugh at the ratline when we thought we 
were dead. Mark, four years? How did we do it? We 
had our arguments, but we always came through it 
friends. Ruck I couldn't have had a better new roo- 
mate. Not only did 1 get what seemed like a brother, 
but five more in rm. 235. Chico, Dan. Oppy. Tom. 
and the .'VBC officer Frank, we always managed to 
have fun and not get caught. Phil thanks for always 
being a friend I could talk to w hen 1 needed one. Now 
for the real special people. Mom and Dad, you were 
always there when I needed you. and I can never 
thank you enough. I love you both for doing so much 
that I could never explain it. It has been a long time 
.•\nn. and I thank you for waiting and always being 
there. It will all be worth it come August. I promise. 
And finally to my dykes. V-man thanks for making a 
Cadet out of me wherever you are now. And Musky, 
hang in there, and do your best, time files. 

Dykes - 1985 Scott "V-man" Vaughn 
— 1991 Scott "Musky" Burch 

John Rogan Ancona 

Navy — 4F — Electrical Engineering 
Charlottesville, Virginia 

Ted Thanning Anderson 


Army — Mechanical Engineering 

Cookeville, Tennessee 



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Calvin N. Anderson 

Mongo, Wildman 

Air Force — Electrical Engineering 

Chesapeake, Virginia 

Lacrosse 4, 3, 2, 1; Illegal Car Club 4, 3. 2; SCSC; 
Order Of The Sleepless Knights; Ring Figure Hotel 
Committee; Academically Extinguished 3; Member: 
Bonehead's Rat Radio Club. 

Football 4, 3; Rugby 2, 1; ASME Section Chairman 
I; Nominated "Who's Who Among American Uni- 
versities"; Cannon ball — Ring Committee; Dean's 
List 3; Academically Distinguished 2; Illegal Car 
Club 4, 3, 2; 81 N "Ground Pounder" 2, I; Corporal 

EE Drinking Stud 4, 3, 2, I; (372, 272) Wetbar 
Society; Boxing Club 3; AAS 4; Eta Kappa Nu 2. I; 
Tutor 3, 2, I; VMI Eng. Society 2. I; Beer Run 
Specialist 4, 3, 2, 1; Unauthorized Car 4, 3. 2; The 
Zoo 2. 1; Free Man 2. 1. 

Again and again the upperclasses said it ssould come 
sooner than I expect: Breakout. Ring Figure, Gradu- 
ation. Well sure enough. Fm looking Graduation in 
the eye. and it came sooner than I thought. I decided 
to come to VMI in eighth grade, and eight years 
later, here I am. I curse this place while I'm here, and 
praise it while Fm away. I need not explain how 
difficult this place is. all who have been here know, 
and those who haven't, never will. Coming from a 
high school where my absences almost outweighed 
my presents, many said I wouldn't make it. Of Rat 
Year. I need to say that all five rat roomates plan to 
walk the stage in May. These guys built the base of 
my life here, and helped me beyond words. However, 
there are three other men who have helped me grow 
even more over these last three years: Brian. Kirk, 
and Carlos. These are three of the finest men I know, 
I dread departing them. But mostly I need to say that 
none of this could have been possible without the 
support of my Mother and Father. I thank God for all 
He has provided, and tomorrow Fm leaving for 
Steamboat Springs. Colorado. 

The underlying desire and goal to be the best at 
whatever we do brought us very close. The memories 
can never be erased, the best and worst engrained 
into our very soul. On May 1 5. we will be very happy, 
along with our friends we've won. Not that we are 
leaving, but that we have been, and always will be, 
the "Corps." 

I finally found motivation my second class year, but 
this is an accomplishment shared by many. Mom and 
Dad. the 342 crew. Chris. Todd. Brian. Mike and 
Mike, .Alice. Louis, and especially Courtney. 
VMI started with Easy, Weasel, Stu, and Gerbil, and 
is handed to George. Thanks and good luck! VMI has 
definately proven it has a place for all. 

.As a rat. the first day I was here, a lady working in 
the concourse told me — as I waited in line — "you 
boys lead the good life here." We do. By giving up so 
much in going here. I have learned to appreciate so 
many things that are taken for granted. VMI does 
have its bad points, but it also has much good to 
offer. This place is truly what you make of it. The 
words that come to mind are "You may be whatever 
you resolve to be." 

Naturally. I must thank several people for their sup- 
port. First, and foremost, my parents. Were it not for 
my Mom especially. I would not be here now. I love 
you both. I also thank those who gave me great pain, 
and those who gave me great joy while I have been 
here; one without the other is meaningless. Young 
Dave is the only other I will mention by name. We 
have been together since day one, and I have learned 
a good lesson about friendship. To Mr. and Mrs. 
Clark, I say thank you from me and everyone I have 
brought over; you have been my home away from 

Dykes — 1985 Victor Bernet 
— 1991 Rob Rushing 

Dykes — 1985 Mark "Easy" Williams 
— 1991 George "Phantom" Inge 

If I had to pick one lesson that VMI has taught me, it 
would be that you are responsible for your own hap- 
piness (and actions), but not at the expense of others. 
This is a school that lives with honor — not simply 
preaches it. I wouldn't do it again, but I wouldn't 
trade it for the world. So long. 

Dykes — 1985 Tim Martin 
— 1991 Bruce English 

First Class 123 


James David Anderson 


Army — Economics 

Denver, Colorado 

Corpral 3; Platoon Sgt. 2; Platoon Ll. 1; Rifle Team 
4. 3, 2; Scuba Club 2, 1; Rock Climbing Club 1; SPS 

Now that the end of the road is in sight, looking back 
it is hard to believe I have spent almost four years of 
my life at VMl. What began as a nightmare has 
turned into an experience which 1 will carry proudly 
with me throughout the rest of my life. 
1 would like to thank my parents for all of the support 
they have given me. I know the first year must have 
been as hard on you as it was on mc. I would never 
have made it without you. I would also like to thank 
the Goodmans for their friendship and support. Now 
a final thanks to my dykes. Bob, Drew, Pete, Norb. 
and .loe. Thanks for all the good times you showed 
mc. You guys were great. 

1985 Bob Ellis 
1991 Richard Black 



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Michael Steven Anderson 

Smurf, Crazy 

Army — Civil Engineering 

Virginia Beach, Virginia 

Pvt. 4, 3, I; Cpl. 3: Sgt. 2; ASCE 4, 3, 2, 1; Martial 
Arts Club 4, Treasurer 3, 2; Circle K 3, 2, 1; SCSC; 
CM Crash Dumm). 

My VMI experience is coming to an end, and I never 
thought four years of my life could pass by so quickly. 
Rat year was demanding, but third class year was the 
hardest — "we're late again Brad." "Coke for color" 
was the familiar second class expression. Who won 
the William and Mary game anyway? 
VMI has given me many things, but most of all, I 
value the friendships I've made here — especially my 
roomates and the fellas in 114 and 108. Brad and 
Jim, I'll miss you two the most. Loomis, 1 wish you 
and Michele the very best for the future. 
Finally, I want to thank my family for all of their help 
and support. Being the last of seven kids certainly 
paid off. I'm in debt to you all. Mom and Dad, 1 give 
special thanks to you. Without your love, and sacri- 
fices, 1 never would have made it through these four 
years — much less Limits Gates. Looking back, I 
realize I haven't made the wisest of choices at times, 
but hindsight is always 20/20. 1 love you. Michael. 

Hebrews 12:1 1 "No discipline seems pleasant at the 
imic. but painful. Later on, however, it produces a 
harvest of righteousness and peace for those who 
have been trained by it." 

Dykes — 1985 Meade B. King 
— 1991 Paul J Rait? 

Francis Dimmick Andres Jr. 

Andy, Kojak, Horndog, Crum, Skipper 

Navy — Civil Engineering 

Annandale, Virginia 

Football 1; Rugby — Pres 432; Big Red Club 43; 
Circle K 43; Society of Young Economists 43; SCSC 
2; ASCE 4321; Athletic Comm. 4; Firefighters 432; 
Plug & Chug Staff 4; Powerpuker 43; Commandant's 
AV Crew — CIC 4; Key West Crew 2; VMI Touring 
Side — Shrivenham, England 2. 

The long road through VMI is almost over for me. 
I've had a lot of unusual experiences here, ones I'll 
laugh about later down the line. Lots of thanks to the 
fellas in 114, and the sinks for all the fun times. 
Major Pal and Teena, thanks for the summer vaca- 
tion house, rugby parties, and all your support to the 
club. To Spiked, keep knocking people's heads ofL 
Sharon. I never would have made it without you. 
l.L.Y. To my parents and family, thanks for love and 
support, and everything that makes me proud to be 
an Andres. Finally, to Frank. Dave, and Dan. 1 would 
never have lasted without the laughs and good times 
in 108. Now our adventures really begin. Thanks for 
everything. Goodbye VMI — Hello Reality! 

Dykes — 1985 Matthew Carter 
— 1991 Daniel J. Kellcy 

124 First Class 

Mark Stephen Arboneaux 

Arby, "X", Boomvang, Weed 
USMC — Economics 
Fallbrook, California 

1st Class Vice Prcs.; 2nd Class Historian; General 
Committee 2, I; Pvt 4, 3, 2, I; Cpl 3; Lt I; VMl 
Firefighters 3; Semper Fi Society I; Underweight 
Rugby Slug 3, 2, 1; Boomvang Buschgod Beefboy 
Alliance; VMl Class OF 1988! 

Edward Robert Armstrong 

Eddie, Airborne, 82 

Army — English 
Bayshore, New York 

Rat Council; Airborne; Army Scholarship; Dean's 
List 4. 3. 2; Cadre 3, 2, I; Cpl. 3. Operations Sgt. 2, 
X.O. Alpha Co. 1. 

Bo Hyeong Baik 

Bo-Bo, Tiger, Bosephius, Czechoslovakian 

Air Force — Mechanical Engineering 

Fairfax, Virginia 

Rugby 3, 2; ASME; Bomb Staff. 

My VMl experience began with a very confusing Rat 
Year filled with many mixed emotions. So many that 
I applied and was accepted to a school back in Cali- 
fornia. I had hoped to make an easy decision at 
Christmas and write VMl off as a bad experien- 
ce. This decision proved to be the hardest of my life. I 
could not give one clear reason to my friends and 
family why I wanted to come back here. But to 
myself I knew why I came back. Because 1 had made 
friends here, Brother Rats,that I could not just leave 
and never see again. We had gone through too much 
together. 1 feel that I made the right decision. Mom 
and Dad, I want to thank you for my four years at 
VMl. There were many times I would try to weigh 
the sacrifices you were making to keep me here 
against what I was doing to stay. I know what you 
have done for me. Thank you very much. Rob and 
Tracie you help in more ways than you know. All of 
you who I've shared something special with: Drew, 
USMC Summer; Joey. Econ; Bobby, your home; 
Dave & Rob, 3rd Class Year; Phil,' Andy, Hugh, 
many good times with S-50; and the rugby team, 
pain. And finally, my roommates Jim, John, Sam, & 
Terry, you guys are the greatest. It seems that 1 can 
only remember the "best times" that we have had. I 
know that these memories here are only a beginning. 
The Boomvangs will never part. Thanks Everyone! 

-Death Is Certain — Life Is Not" 
— Dark Angel 

People say that 'The difficult path is the shortcut.' 
Comparing myself from the past to the present I have 
been changed a lot in good ways. In the past three 
years, I never have accepted VMl as my proper place 
to receive an education, because my life has been 
filled with nothing but agonies and discords day by 
day. I thought that I had spent a meaningless exis- 
tence here, but now 1 am proud of being a product of 
VML From all the sweating and swearing I have 
done, it has brought me the most valuable presents. 
BR's. the people whom I like, can talk to, and share 
things with, are the presents I found. These presents 
are what I want to keep forever. .All of these things 
could not have come without the tremendous love 
from my parents, great help from my dykes, and the 
unlimited beer supplies from the Smiths. I really 
appreciate all the great people around me who have 
helped me, and cared about me up to this point. 

Thank you for all I! 

1 love you all, and God Bless You All. 


1985 Jim Keays 
1991 Jeff Johnson 


1985 Dave Tingley 
1991 Pete Brindley 


1985 Chattier J.B. 
1991 McReynolds B.K. 

First Class 1 25 


David Fontaine Baker 

Bakes, Bakehead 

Field Artillery — Civil Engineering 

Acton, Massachusetts 

Cadet Battery; Firefighters; Little John; Beef Bovs 3. 
:. 1; Illegal Car Club 3, 2; No Car/No. 1 Club 1; 
Acadeniicallv Extinguished 4, 3. 2, 1; Damned Yan- 
kee 4, 3, 2, i. 

Andrew Frederick Barends 

Drew, The Giffer, T.T. 

Army — HI/EC 

Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. 

Hop & Floor Committee 4, 3, 2. 1. Vice President 1 
Pistol Team 1; College Republicans 2, 1; Rugby 2 
Pilot of the Hare; Unauthorized Car Club 4, 3, 2 
Room 130 After Hours Club. 

Christopher J. Baumstark 


Navy — History 

Virginia Beach, Virginia 

Associate Editor The Cadet I; Sink Dweller 1; Tri- 
dent Society I; Sounding Brass 2; Inhab Casa De 
Verde 2; Virgin Private 4, 3, 2. 1; Engineer Punch 
Out 4. 

The past four years have been quite an experience for 
me. While my education has been benefitted, my 
kidneys and liver have not. U-Mass. is a funny place. 
1 should have gone there. I guess I have no one to 
blame but myself, since I volunteered for it. The 
prized assets from here have to be the friends I have 
made along the way. For without their support. 1 
would never have made it. Mom and Dad also pushed 
me along, and gave me that extra effort. 
1 guess it has been worth it, for anything worth while 
doesn't come easy, or was it sheepskins t'or nothing 
and drinks for free' 

"It seemed like a good idea at the time," that is when 
1 decided to come to VMF I am proud to be a part of 
that select group of men who wear the VMI ring. My 
trying times at VMI have been the spice of my life 
that in turn have made my good times great. Mom 
and family, thank you for your support and 

How do you sum up four years of what ever it is you 
want to call what they like to call "The V.M.I, expe- 
rience'" I don't know, but I am sure I don't want to 
attempt it. So I shant. 

I would like to thank all of those responsible for 
allowing me to stay. First of all. Mom, without your 
support and understanding, nothing would be possi- 
ble. Dad, your "advice sessions" have been invalu- 
able, believe it or not. I love you both. Thanks for 
believing in me. Gunny, your sarcasm and critisisms 
have been useful. Thanx. Oh yeh, thanx dude! 
Peanut words aren't applicable, I love you. 


Dykes — 1985 David Thomas Bartho! 
— 1991 Stephen Blasch 

Dykes — 1985 Kevin Jenkins Dykes — 1985 Len Hurst 

— 1991 Jim "The Brick" Blanks — 1991 Dave "Philip-Boy" Manning 

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Trent Howard Beck 

Lunk, Beckster, Lovehammer 

Army — Economics 

Deerfield, Virginia 

Rat; Corporal; First Sergeant; Battalion XO; Band 4. 
3, 2, 1; Investment Group 2, 1; Cadre 3, 2, 1; A.W.S. 
— 57.3, 2, I; Ring Figure Destruction Committee; 
Stormtrooper Victim. 

As usual, I put off writing this and now I have to do it 
at the last minute. That seems appropriate for my 
four years at VMI. I need pressure. VMI put me 
under more pressure than 1 bargained for. Well, it's 
almost over. I can't say that I really enjoyed it, but 1 
sure learned a lot. I think when you put a bunch of 
guys under a tough situation it makes them closer. I 
want to say thanks to all the friends I've made over 
the last four years. You made this place bearable and 
sometimes even fun. To my Rat Roomies, Jeff, Greg, 
Steve, and Doc: rat year was the worst, but you guys 
helped me keep my sense of humor and my sanity. To 
my dyke, Phil; you taught me too see the big picture 
and not to take the little things to seriously. To Drew; 
we had some good times. Remember the Ring Figure 
date hunt. It's a wonder we survived. To my room- 
mates, Andy, Brent, and Ed; you guys are great. 'You 
put up with a lot from me over the years. Thanks for 
seeing me through the goodtimes and the bad. Final- 
ly, to my family; I always knew I had a home to go to 
no matter what happened, I can't tell you how much 
that means. VMI, goodbye. It's been . . different! 

Peter Hollins Bernstein 

Crash & Burn,Stein,Others unfit for print 

Air Force — History 

Atlantis, Florida 

OG A I ; Ring Figure Decoration Committee 2; Cadet 
Asst. 2; Cargo Net Face Plant Society Founder 4; 
Kath 3. 2, 1; Donahue Watching 2; Tiki Train 2, 1; 
Owner Knewt Rocknie; KIA Commandants Office, 
Sept. 1987. 

VMI is a place like no other,anyone who has lived it 
knows that. It is a fraternity, but not one which prides 
itself on its excesses just its denial. We are a brother- 
hood bound by experience. Our parties were not beer 
but sweat. We paid for each other's mistakes and 
shared each others joys and in the process, gained a 
friendship like no other. We became brothers. It is 
for this friendship that I am most grateful. Mom and 
Dad thank you for this opportunity and your love and 
support. Kath, you have made everything so much 
more special. Your ratline starts soon! I love you! 
Kelly, you "raised me from a rat", thanks. The Berk- 
himer Family, my introduction to what VMI is about 
— a true VMI family. "Doc" Monsour thanks for 
helping me to see sometimes. Thanks Drew Smith for 
asking why. The majority of my thanks goes to my 
friends, my BR's, without whom, making it would not 
have been possible nor worth it. My roomies: Chris & 
Chris, J. J., James, Jim, Mark, Tony, Lew, and all of 
my BR's. 1 love you guys! I won't miss these build- 
ings, this place, but I will miss all of you! 1 said 
"There would always be a little part of me left at 
VMI, and a little VMI in me." That will be you! 
John, I hope that while you are here you are blessed 
with the kind of friends 1 was. If you are, you will do 
okay! Good luck to all of you, and thanks again for 
being who you all are! Goodbye, Pete! 

Dykes — 1985 Phil Galgano 
— 1991 Tyrone Stewart 


1985 Kelly Berkhimer 
1991 John R. Milner 

Michael Alan Beyer 

Mr. Hate, The Most Profane Cadet 

Army, Infantry — History, Psychology 

Williamsburg, Virginia 

AUSA 3, 2, 1, Secretary 2, Vice President 1: Model 
U.N. 3. 2, 1; Firefighter 3, 2, 1; Hop and Floor 4, 3, 
2, I; Cadet Battery I; Revolutionaries 4, 3, 2, 1; 
Scuba Club I; Company Guide-on 1. 

I came to VMI because I knew it would be difficult 
and painful. If I had known how difficult and painful, 
I would never have come. But I can not say that 
either. To love a place yet hate it equally can not be 
understood by anyone except alumni. I tried to do 
everything a cadet is supposed to do in the way of 
mischief and loved every minute of it. I will miss my 
crazy roommates; McGraw, Baker, and Bo. The Beel 
Boys will party to extremes forever! My thanks are 
extended to my dyke, Michael Ceroli. whose support 
during my Ratline and as my example of what a 
cadet should act like, as well as thmk like, can never 
be repaid. 

"The . , (cadet's) basic attitude must be that of a 
fighter for fighting's sake; he must be unquestioning- 
ly obedient and become emotionally hard; he must 
have contempt for all inferiors and for those who do 
not belong to the order; he must feel the strongest 
bonds of comradeship with those who do belong: and 
he must think nothing impossible." I hope VMI keeps 
its place, for it will be a sad time in a desperate hour 
that we, as a people and nation, will need such men as 
those that are made in the barracks of VMI. 
Special thanks to Mom and Dad, who made all this 
fun possible! 

Dykes — 1985 Michael Ceroli 

— 1991 Rumsey Clark McReynolds 


Sean Malcolm Bischoff 

Ghandi, Bish, Hollywood, Goatman 

Army — Economics 

Fairfax, Virginia 

Benjamin Thomas Bledsoe 

Tom, "Stud-Rip" "Smiley" "Chris" 
Navy — History 
Chester, Virginia 

Ral 4. Corporal 3. Sergeant :. Private 1 : Drug and Rat 4; Dean's Other List 4: Band Co Asst. Ops Sgt 3; 

Alcohol Commitee 3, 2. 1: Cadet Cartoonist 2. I; Civilian 4. 3, 2. 1: Band Co 2. I; Naval Aviators 1; 

Bomb Outrage Editor I ; Club 42 3. 2. 1 ; Igloo Frat 2, Cadet Staff 2; Part Time Member ICC 1 ; Special 

1; Engaged 2. Special Honors 1. Guest RCPD: Virgin Private. 

I have found the roughest education to be found, here 
at the Institute for the past four years:the most disil- 
lusioning yet proving and clarifying experience in my 
life. I came here wanting more than just parties and a 
typical American life. I wanted to see what some- 
thing tough like Vietnam would be like, and this was 
the closest I could find. It has definitely given me 
what I wanted. I have hated this place most of the 
time, but Its taught me things and developed me in 
ways nothmg else could. It will always be a love-hate 
relationship with me for VMI. The methods used 
here are ruthless, but they have built me into the 
person 1 am now. and that's something I'll never give 
up or forget. Mom and Dad, thanks, you helped me 
through my grief and frustration, times when I'd lost 
sight of my goal. Natalie, you are closer to me now 
more than ever before, I am glad to be your friend as 
well as your brother. 

Oh Britt. What is there to say'' It comes to a great 
heat and a great cooling in the end. Doesn't It? Only 
time will tell. But I'll tell you what, my time is not 
forever and I'm going to make it count!!! LONG 

Dykes — 1985 Terry Fields 

— 1 99 1 Daniel Abernathy 

I thought when I came here that I knew exactly what 
I wanted and how to get it. I was wrong. A year of 
flipping burgers and renting movies adjusted my per- 
spective. I came back. Was it easy'? No, but it was the 
right thing to do. Maybe what I have done here is not 
so special, but I feel I have suffered and overcome a 
lot. I have many questions and even some answers, 
but they don't seem to match. Many things have 
slunk, but even at the darkest, there have been good 
times. Trips to Goshen, Tech, Blue Whale parties, 
and "Goodbye 87" have all made immense additions 
in my development as a Cadet. Matt, Mike, Charlie, 
and Frank, I won't forget you, and won't break under 
torture when they ask about . , . oops. See you guys 
m the Oeet. Mom and Dad, I know I have made this 
difficult at times, thank you for the moral support 
and faith. Paul B. and Rob S. thanks for the many 
Pre-First Class stupors. If Gumby could speak, what 
would he say'? Maybe — "You been doin' some stunk 
flyin"?" Doc Monsour, I want to thank you for your 
help, it meant a lot. 

Susan, I think you may be a keeper — thanks for 

"The greatest tragedy is war, but so long as there is 
mankind there will be war." Jomini — The Art Of 

Dykes - 1985 Chris "Bullet-Head" Welch 
— 1991 Firman "Touchey" Ray 

Richard Daniel Blocker III 

Rick, Goose, Block 

Air Force — Civil Engineering 

Vienna, Virginia 

Corporal 3. Private 2. I; Rugbv 2, 1; VMI Circle K 
Club 4, 3, 2. 1; Trek Super; VMI Firefighters 3, 2, I; 
The VMI Cadet Newspaper 1; The Daks 3. 2, I. 

The end is finally near. I thought it would never 
come. The VMI experience has been one of challenge 
and satisfaction. This place makes you work for 
whatever you receive and whatever you don't. From 
the beginning to the end, there are challenges. It just 
doesn't stop with the Ratline. I will never know why I 
came here, but I will never regret anything that I 
have experienced here. I am not saying I liked all of 
it, but I don't regret a thing. The one thing I will 
carry out of here, besides a diploma, is the many 
friendships that I have acquired. To the room of 484 
and E Co., I couldn't have done it without you. To my 
roommates, Steve, Bob, Tom. Jeff, and Charlie, you 
guys made the years bearable. I couldn't have asked 
for better roommates. To room 484 we tried to stay 
together but I do know we will remain friends forev- 
er. To the Daks, thanks for everthing. All of you will 
be remembered, always. To the people I love dearly, 
my family. Mom, Dad, and Mark: your support and 
love has been immeasurable. John, your support and 
friendship through the years has meant more than 
words can say. Bernadette, meeting you and your 
friendship has made my last year even better. I will 
forever be grateful. I will always love all of you. Good 
Luck to all my Brother Rats. To my Dyke, Tuck, it 
will end one day. Good Luck, and I hope this place 
affects you the same way. You will one day see. 

Dykes — 1985 Ken Nugent 

— 1991 Tucker Carmichael 


Thomas Egon Bohlmann 

Bo, The Bohl, Goldfish 

Navy — Mechanical Engineering 

Richmond, Virginia 

John Boniface, III 


Special Student — History 

Fredricksburg, Virginia 

John Kenneth Bordelon 

Borderspike, Spike 
Mechanical Engineering 
New Orleans, Louisiana 

Band Co. 4, 3, 2; Enlightened Band Co. Transfer 1; 
Illegal Car Club 4; West-side Window Ornament 3, 
2, 1; Dean's Other List 4, 3, 2; Virgin Private. 

Lunch-time Basketball, Wednesday night-trotter 3, 
2, I ; Capt. Willcockson's best friend 3, 2, 1 ; Chipper's 
fan club 2; 1 2th man 1 ; Basically not a thing 4,3,2, 1 ; 
Gotten away with legs of the stool. 

Engineering Student Council, Ranger Platoon. Na- 
val Aviators. 

It's hard to sum up three years of the "VMI experi- 
ence" in a short paragraph, but I can say that the 
rewards I have received through the years at VMI 
are ones that 1 will carry with me when I leave here. 
On Aug. 15, 1984 I matriculated with 452 other 
terrified individuals and began to learn how the 
brother-rat system worked. And through the years 
and hard times, VMI has taught me to deal with 
pressure, loneliness, and depression. But without my 
BR's friendship, 1 could have never made it here. 
Now after four long years at the Institute, graduation 
for the class of 1988 is only around the corner. I 
would love to say that I can hardly wait to cross the 
stage with you guys then, but I can't. Ail that I can 
say is that I missed you while I was away, but com- 
pared to after you leave, that will be insignificant. 
Mom and Dad, I thank you so much. Your encour- 
agement and financial support have helped me 

To my wonderful girl Jennifer. Our times apart have 
been long and lonely, but this has only made my love 
for you grow stronger. Thank you for writing, for the 
love your letters carried really made my days here 
much more livable. 1 love you. 
Good luck Steve — see you next year. 

My entire existence I owe to John, Carole, Blaire, 
Beth, Becky, and Babs, my favorite family. If I could 
have chosen my family, they would be the same, who 
needs Kennedys or Rockefellers anyway? A select 
few individuals have made life bearable. They are: 
David, (Great guy. Great guy, now I know why tigers 
eat their young): Ted — the fatboy; Phil — and the 
338-238 Holocaust; Chris — I can't shed anymore 
light on you — it's coming up in this months teen- 
beat; Scott — my favorite on the ins and outs of 
automobiles; Hugh; Brent: Jimmy; Andrew; AJ; 
Don't go changin'. Stay the same simple wonderful 
guys that you are. Who am I? Who are you? Wait 
around and meet the Hellian. My memories are bit- 
tersweet — I Love it here at VMI in my own sick and 
sordid way. Never being a person of many relative 
words, I must end this nonsense. It's an experience 
and I'll make my kids do it. You'll love it there — 
here — whereever. Some of my favorite quotes: 
"Some guys just don't look good in uniform, Mr. 
Boniface," — McGinnis; "Aw-Jeez" — Bartlett; 
"Mr. Boniface, you're not very smart, 10-6-30." — 
Willcockson; "Are those dog tags or people tags?" — 
Ashworth; "Love you!" — Combs; "Got a poke, yeah 
a cadaver" — Hope; "Take your clothes off, I love 
ya'". The end. 
Help Received: Demaio, Hope, Cottrell, Davila. 

When I arrived at the "I", I was completely unpre- 
pared for life as a rat. I thought we would maybe 
have to wear uniforms or something military like 
that. It became obvious I shouldn't have missed that 
S-5 tour. 

During the ratline, I had a tough time due to my 
unpreparedness, but I do have some "fond" memo- 
ries, like serenading my brother rats in front of the 
whole company after SRC and sitting at the "all 
stars" table. 

Still the ratline changed me for the better and I 
wouldn't trade my education here — either ratline or 
academic — for anything . . . now that its over that 

VMI is a tough place and I think that is what makes 
it special. Even with all the B.S. The . . . Administra- 
tion is trying to pull to make this . . school a generic 
military academy I still think . . and hope . . . that 
the "I" will survive to change and improve that ma- 
triculants who tough it out and stay. 
I've made many good friends here in my four years, 
and though you can make friends anywhere, I think I 
value these friendships more somehow. 
Good luck Brother Rats, and thank you all. 

Dykes — 1985 Michael T. Jernigan 
— 1991 Steve "Do-Do" Dudar 

1985 G.R. Bessett 

1991 S.M. Callahan 


1985 Hayden "H" Bayer 
1991 "Steady" Eddie Arnaldo 



James Curran Bowen 

Gunny, The Gillet 
Army — English 
Atlanta, Georgia 

The Cadet — Staff Writer 3, Entertainment Editor 
2. EIC 1; Sounding Brass Literary Magazine Editor- 
in-Chief 2: Rugby i. 2. 1; Casa De Verde Club — 
Summer 87, English Society 4, 3, 2, 1; The 2.0 and 
Go Club; One of many Cadets influenced by T.Y. 

So what does an English major/publisher do when he 
has space to fill? He finds a batch of quotes, but not 
before allowing his friends in on the action. Thanks 
ruggers, the Cadet staffers of the past and future 
(you lucky devils have a heck of a legacy to follow), 
and The Dungeon Dwellers for the memories which 
nearly got us kicked out a few times. However, spe- 
cial thanks go out to a family who lives off of the hill 
— the Smiths. Wayne and Linda were there for their 
son Marvin and friends in '85, and they put up with 
the boys of '88. Do we dare sick another set of dykes 
on you'? At least we asked. Thanks-a-lot. 
He awoke, opened his eyes. The room meant very 
little to him; he was too deeply immersed in the non- 
being from which he had just come. If he had not the 
energy to ascertain his position in the time and space, 
he also lacked the desire. — Paul Bowles "The Shel- 
tering Sky" 

Come into my cell. Make yourself at home. Take the 
chair; I'll sit on the cot. No? You prefer to stand by 
the window? 1 understand. You like my little view. 
Have you noticed that the narrower the view, the 
more you can see? — Walker Percy "Lancelot" 
"I'm glad I've went once, but I'll never go back 
again!" — Flannery O'Conner "A Good Man is 
Hard to Find" 


1985 Tommy Manning 

1991 David Manning, Winn Phillips 

Christopher Jason Bready 

Turtle Head Lick 


Johnson City, Tennessee 

PT's; Number One Club; KBT 3, 2, I. 

I cannot begin to put my experiences here into this 
little block of space, so I will not try. I will say. 
however, that academics at VMI are just the tip of 
the iceburgof the VMI education. The experience 
alone is a very valuble and individual thing. No mat- 
ter what you major in here, everyone comes away 
with a very different and precious education. I have 
come to Know myself better and hope to continue to 
expand that knowledge of myself. Mom and Dad, 
what can 1 say? I know I have not been the model 
student and sometimes not the perfect son, but I hope 
you understand I have to be me. Without your sup- 
port pep talks and plain understanding I would not 
have stayed. Even though I do not always state it, I 
hope you both know 1 care for and love you both very 
much. Your trust and faith in me mean a great deal, 
it always has, and always will. Alison Jon Burt and 
Matt, you all hold a special place within me. 1 would 
not trade our experiences and growing up for the 
world. I am proud to be a part of our family. Finally 
to the pervert corner crew. God Knows we have done 
it all, but only through experience do people realize 
what is right and wrong, good and bad. Fun and no 
fun. Darrin, Bruce Clark and Mark, you guys are 
great and I am not saying goodbye because our grad- 
uation is just the beginning. So let's grab a cold one 
and go meet the world. 


1984 Burt Bready 

1991 Pete "Matt" Dillon 

Hugh P. Brien 

Navy — Economics 
Manassas, Virginia 

Pit. Ldr 1, Sgt 2, Cpl 3; Rock Climbing Club 3, 1; 
Rat Training 2; Naval Aviators 3, 2, 1. 

It hasn't been fun but I haven't regreted it. I want to 
thank Mom and Dad for their support and I want to 
thank God for His many blessings He has bestowed 
upon me. Good Luck to all my brother rats in their 
future endeavors. 

Dykes — 1985 Pete Mangerian 

— 1991 Chuck Thompson, Chad Sutton 

1 30 First Class 

Jonathan Markhanah Bristol 

Prince, Marky B., Rambo 

Army — History 

Kingsport, Tennessee 

Paul Charles Brotzen 

Scooby, The Nose 

Army — History 

Santa Monica, California 

Thomas Maury Bruffy 

Gramps, Spiffy, Don Juan, Old Man 

Navy — History 

Alexandria/Lynchburg, Virginia 

Football 4,3.2.1; Promaji 4. 3. 2, 1 ; F.C. A. 4. 3. 2. 1 ; 
Monogram Club 1 ; D Phi D 3, 2, 1 ; Pup Phi Pup 3. 2, 
1; KKK 4. 3. 2. 1; Regt. Pvt. 4. 3. 2, I; Tenn. Club; 
BMW Club; MMM-MMM Good Society; 26th B- 
Day Club: Saturday Nite Club. 

Corporal — 3rd, Ops Sgt — 2nd. Cadre Sgt. — 2nd. 
Pit Lt. — 1st; Karate Club 3; Phi Alpha Theta — 

The VMI CADET. Circulation Manager 2. Manag- 
ing Editor. 1; Co-Owner Concourse Condominium 2; 
Private 4. 3, 2, 1, Corporal 3; Inhabitant Casa De 
Verde 2; English Society 3, 1 ; Sink Dweller 1 ; Trident 
Society 3, 2. 

Oongaua! — That's what Tarzan would have said if 
you asked him about his history. Well, as my dyke 
once said, "all of your BR"s will rememberand every- 
one else doesn't understand or doesn't care". How 
uniquely put. Anyway, in the four years I've been 
here. I've learned a lot about the world. Fortunately 
I've been blessed to be around great people to pull me 
through the trying times at the "I". First I want to 
thank Moma. Sarah, and the Major for giving me the 
love and support that I needed; Ms. Delia for giving 
me a home away from home, and my dyke Hugh for 
his wisdom and guidance even until now. Also thanks 
Don and Jan. and you too Laura. I know guys I can't 
leave you out. Mike. Mike, and Manute: my brothers, 
what can I say? Oongaua! Together we have made 
life well. Everyone. I love You all. Most of all I'd like 
to give my honor and praise to the Almighty God for 
letting me be me. 

To my dykes. Scott and Denton, who are both bigger 
than me but still can't slam me, for you I've helped 
lay your foundation, now it's time for you to design 
your own mansion. Good Luck and hang in there or 

P.S. I hope an English teach doesn't read this. Ran- 
dy, Byron! Where are you guys? Married or some- 
thing? well isn't that special! 

"Drink and eat. Forget not God, Protect Your Hon- 
or, No one will ask more of you than that." 
(An inscription on a medieval German house.) 
The list of people to thank is endless. I would first of 
all like to thank my parents — their consistant sup- 
port is incredible — Hopefully they put up with my 
idiocy for 22 years for a purpose. Now back to VMI. 
Thanks Eric "Oliverhead" for all those times rat year 

— you thought you won. but you came back. Thanks 
"Scott" "Gumby" for that interesting look into hu- 
man existence — oh — and Chris "The Questions 
have no answers". You have been a study in motiva- 
tion — Mike Cloeman — Thanks for all the great 
memories of things we can't remember. Also. Caro- 
line, thanks for putting up with me all those weekends 
when I could not spell my name. Finally, thank you to 
all who attended the famous "Goodbye 198- Party" 

— Retribution is sweet, but we still owe them for 
making our cadetship as much fun as they did. 

I hope in the years to come that I can take what was 
given to me here and use it for some Good — But 
then again that is everyone's wish. 

— May Shaun Gibson "the original" friend, find 
soon what he is looking for. 

Why did I come to VMI? That's the question every- 
one asks themself. but the way I see it where else 
would I go. There was other choices, but 1 choose 
VMI. The reason why I stay I here is not because of 
brother rats, but because of the great friends this 
place makes. Those are the guys who go out of their 
way for each other. There are plenty of other guys 
around here like that. That's why I'm still here. 
To all the dudes! Ya'll are the greatest! Gunny — one 
day you will get so tonic to grow so hair. Skippy — 
hang in there you will get your wings. Punch — have 
a good time down on the neck. Troll — you will never 
die of an ulser. Rick — thanks for everything at 
home. You made it much easier, and Bob G — 
thanks for being a great friend. Peewee. Cooter. and 
Blank keep out of trouble and good luck. 
1 want to thank everyone else for their support, to the 
parents 1 owe everything. Ya'll are the best. I love 
ya'll but it's not over yet. Ed. Rudy, and Bear, thanks! 
I owe you one! Last, but not least, to the alumnus who 
talked me into coming to this place; I don't want to 
have you electricuted any more! 
"If we weren't all crazy we'd all go insane." — Jim- 
mv Buffett. 

Dykes — 1985 Hugh "Happy" Hill 

— 1991 Denton Sisk. Scott Lewis 


1985 James K. Stinebower 
1991 Jeff Fegley 

Dykes — 1985 Rob Mclntire 
— 1991 Jeff Leblanc 

First Class 13i 


Michael Steven Bryant 


Army Infantry — Biology 

Elkton, Maryland 

Cocke Hall Basketball All-American 4. 3, 2, 1; Bio 
boys 4, 3, 2, 1; Canterbury Club 4; Fellowship Of 
Young Beginning Body Builders; Radford Weekend 
Club; Triple Alliance Weight Room Members. 

It's been four years now and the Institute has taken 
it's toll on many of our class. The ones that' have 
endured are the best group of guys I've ever known 
- THE CLASS OF 88. Individually the years 
seemed long, yet matriculation seems like only yes- 
terday. 1 remember waking up the first night think- 
ing, thanks Dad for letting me go to VMl. Things 
seemed terrible at first, but friends grew quickly 
along the way. My rat roommates and I probably set 
records for the most appearances at the RDC and 
GC that year. Yet all those experiences with our 
Honor system and Spartan existence has made us 
better men. VMl MEN. That's one thing that will 
stay with us for life. The guys are the greatest, espe- 
cially the Bio boys, you know who you are. Remem- 
bur Gup's tests, and everything else will seem easy. 
Anthony and Thorpe, what can I say except you're 
the best. Thanks for the late night talks. I'm glad I 
was able to see Him in his rat year, it's made us much 
closer. Thanks Mom and Dad for all the love and 
support, and to you Mrs. Wilson. Thanks to all my 
brother rats for helping to make these years pass 
quickly. The friendships we've made here will last 
forever. I'll miss you all, and wish you the best of luck 
in your futures. .-Xnd finally 1 leave VMl. 
What's up Dougie',' 

Dykes — 1985 Jim Begley 

— 1991 Mathew Amato "Legend" 


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James Somerville Buddo III 

Jim, Loomis, One Of The Fellas 

Army — History 

Virginia Beach, Virginia 

Pvt 4, 3,2,1; Cpl 3; Sgt 2; Circle K Club 2, 1 ; Dean's 
List 3; Illegal Car Club 2; SCSC 2. 

The first person I want to thank is Anderson because 
It was he that got me interested m this place. In de- 
parting the Institute I take many memories both good 
and bad.VMl mtroduced me a very different lifesty- 
le, one which 1 would think about twice before choos- 
ing it again. One thing about this place is the friend- 
ships;without the fellas my stay at the Institute would 
have been a brief one. To the fellas in 114 and 108 I 
want to thank you for making the Institute bearab- 
le. Now my roommates, Mike and Brad you both 
made these past four years the best they could be. I'll 
never forget the many study hours lost to clowning in 
the room. Swien you brought life to the room. Mar- 
k,you have not been in the room long but I'm sure S- 
54 will be the best ever. Now for the people away 
from school that got me through here. Mom and Dad 
thanks for your love and support. I always knew I 
could count on you both for anything. You have done 
everything parents could do to make this place better. 
Michele I saved you for last. I'm speechless, the love 
and understanding you have given me 1 cherish. You 
have come as close as a girl can come to going to 
VML You stood by me faithfully during the good 
and bad. You were with me when this game began 
but best of all you will be there when it ends. I cannot 
begin to describe the happiness you have brought to 
my life. 1 Love You! 

Dykes — 1985 Shane Sullivan 
— 1991 Darrin Shaffer 

Christopher N. Bunn 

Honeybunn, CB, Honey, Alice 

Army — Biology (B.A.) 

Zebuldn, N,C. 

Football 4, 3, 2, 1: Baseball 4, 2, 1; Monogram Club: 
Wednesday Night OCMNl Patrol 3, 2, 1: PX Club 
3, 2, 1: East Lex Gold Card 3, 2, 1: W&L Honorary 
Fraternity Member: Jerked Around Club 2, 1. 

Well, I'm at the end of a road few have traveled. It 
has been a helluva experience and I know it will pay 
off someday. Having made it through this place has 
got to hold true to a saying that "anything worth 
having does not come easy," so the VMl diploma 
must be worth the agony. Thank you mom and dad 
for all your support. You just do not know how it 
makes me feel to know that I have parents that care 
as much as you do. To see you at every football game 
with me not even playing sometimes, gave me a feel- 
ing that words cannot explain. Without you I might 
have never been writing this class history for the VMl 
Bomb. Thanks again, 1 love you both very much. 
Amy, thank you for putting up with my being here. It 
has taken a lot from you, but now it is your turn. 
.Mom, Dad and I will be right behind you. 
I will miss the friendships the most that 1 have made 
here. Our midnight excursions, trips to the mixers, 
fraternities and the killer limes at Zollmans will al- 
ways be remembered- My counselling sessions in 
room 101 has helped, but better luck with Grandpa. 
To all the people that mean so much, I wish the best 
of luck. 1 will not never forget the fellows, so do not 
forget Honeybun, later. 

Dykes — 1985 Mike Wooten 

— 1991 Chris Rule, Buddy League 

132 First Class 

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William Edward Burns 

Web, Uek 

U.S. Army — English 

Belmont, Massachussetts 

Private 4, 3, 2, 1; Rugby 3, 2, 1; Theatre 2, 

Bruce Allen Busila 

Brewster, Bag, B-Man 

Special Student — Electrical Engineering 

Portsmouth, Virginia 

Cadet Staff 4; Cadre Cpl. 3; Cadre Sergeant 2; Pri- 
vate 1 ; Copilot Adventuremobile 3,2, 1 ; B-Team 3, 2, 
1; Club 12 Bouncer 3, 2, 1; AF Scholarship 3. 

William Bryant Butler 

Kelvin, Dawg 

Navy — Civil Engineer 

West Point, Virginia 

Cross Country 4, 3, 2, 1; Outdoor Track 4, 3, 2. 
Indoor Track 4, 3, 2, 1; Monogram Club 3, 2, 
Naval Aviators Club 2, 1. 

My past four years at VMI have been ones that I will 
always look back on with pride. I know of no other 
school where I could have been faced with so many 
challenges. Whether or not I excelled at all of the 
tests, I have persevered and feel triumphant. To my 
friends, thanks so much for the many good times you 
have given me. If there is ever anything you need of 
me, please don't hesitate to ask. To my family, I 
thank you all for the love, patience, and support you 
have given me; without it I could not have succeeded. 
To my dykes, thanks for showing me the ropes. I 
couldn't have asked for better teachers. Greg, hang in 
there and you'll come out on top. 

On August 15. 1984 I came to VMI in search of 
discipline that I sorlcy lacked. I'm not sure whether 
or not I got that out this place, but I found that there 
were many other things to be learned from VMI. 
Many of these lessons are easily seen, and others have 
yet to be seen. I am cautiously happy that I came 
here. I really hope to find that all of this discipline 
(confinement. PT's. hard teachers) was worth it. 
Only time will tell. 

Whatever was gained here was surely paid for. which 
is a lesson in itself. I could not have made it through 
this place without a lot of help. To my vacationing 
roomate Mack Carr — thanks for the friendship, late 
night bull sessions, and encouragement to get 
through. You'll always be a brother to me. To all the 
guys in Club 1 2 thanks for the parties, the friendship, 
and the laughter. As Jimmy Buffet sang "If we 
couldn't laugh, we would all go insane". On the out- 
side world I'd like to thank Kent for giving me more 
support and friendship than any person could give 
during these four years. It's a debt I could never 
repay. Finally I'd like to thank my parents for sup- 
porting me throughout VMI and the rest of my life. 
No one could be as lucky as me to have ya'll as 
parents and friends. 

Goodbve VMI — Hello life! 

VMI has been my home for the past four years, and 
over those years I have become very close to some 
guys who I consider to be family. I can say now I will 
not miss this place, but I know I will miss those guys 
and so I know I will eventually miss VMI. Without 
the support of my parents, friends, and dyke who 
personally took me to the RDC the night before 
Breakout — thanks JJ. and Colonel Monsour whose 
door was always open for me. I would not have made 
it through VMI. and to them I owe a great deal of 
thanks. I would especially like to thank Scotty. I'm 
sure he knows what for (999/1000). In closing I 
would like to wish my dyke the best of luck. He's 
going to need it. I did. 

Rat Roomates: Al Cuellar. Frank Delbarto. Tom 

3: Than Chau. Greg Hoofnagle. Krirkchai Kloyar- 
oon. John Parrot. 

2. I: Roy Hill. Greg Hoofnagle. John Parrot. Kevin 


1985 John Keppel 
1991 GregSaukulak 


1985 Craig Pittman 
1991 Kenneth Howerton 


1985 John J. Wranek 
1991 Troy D. Ashe 

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Donald William Calder Jr. 

Don. Don Ho, Delta Whiskey, Don Juan 

Navy — Economics, Fine Arts Minor 

Virginia Beach, Virginia 

Trident Society President; VMI College Republi- 
cans; Rock Climbing Club 3, 2; Rifle Team 4, 3; F- 
Troop Virgin Pvt. 4, 3, 2. 1; Sweet Briar Ranger 2; 
Bargain Hunter Club 4, 3, 2, 1. 

To relate the effect of the "VMI experience" on my 
life m just a paragraph or two would be impossible. 
However. 1 will make a few parting acknowledge- 
ments and comments. Thank you. God, for giving me 
the strength and courage to make it through this D--n 
place. Thanks Mon and Dad for your unconditional 
love, support, and patience. Greg and Rob. you've 
been the best brothers a guy could ask for. as well as 
being fraternal members of "THE FELLAS" along 
with Curtis C. and Chris S. Terry, I wish to thank you 
for all that you gave to me; you will always be very 
special, and 1 could never forget you. Last but not 
least, thanks B.R.'s. dykes, and especially the 122 
crew — you guys made it all bearable and fun as hell 
at times. Our "Bargain Hunting" abilities will forev- 
er remain unmatched in the history of civilization as 
we know it. Looking back, I can honestly say that this 
place has truly bred misery, and 1 only hope that all 
the crap I went through will pay off some day. 

Personal Quote: "Why do now what you can put off 
til the last minute" DWC 

1 Corinthians 13:11-13 

Dykes — 1985 Matt Brown 
— 1991 Jim Sheeran 

Robert William Campbell III 


Army — Civil Engineering 

Fredericksburg, Virginia 

Private 1 .3. 4; 70 Demo Club 3A; All-pro 3B; Rugby 
Slug 1,3; 372 Barrtending Crew 3.'\; Academic Sa- 
battical 2; Earth Pig 1,2; Summer School Fun Club 


Growing up is probably the hardest thing to do in 
one.s life. College is the turning point where one must 
settle down and lay out a format of priorities for the 
future. I myself would never have dreamed that 1 
would be doing this at VMI and in this kind of 
controlled atmosphere. I regret choosing to go to 
VMI but I understand the benefits will be far greater 
than the losses suffered. Without Jeffs help the first 
year and the continuous support of my loving family I 
would never have been able to make it this far. Aspe- 
cial thanks to Mom for her dedication to an almost 
hopeless case and Dad for the lessons taught and 
infinite number of breaks much success to all my 
classmates in the class of 1988! Thanks for the help 
Mr. and Mrs. Druiett and also Joe-tor Irby! 

In closing, 1 didn't bring much to VMI when I ma- 
triculated so I'm damn sure not going to leave any- 
thing when I go . . And don't worry because the 
door won't hit me on the ass on the way out!! 


Dykes — 1985 Jeffrey C. Hill 

— 1991 Wimp #14; Wimp #29 













Robert Joseph Cantanio Jr. 

Lips, Guido, Wop, Robbus 

Mechanical Engineering — Air Force 

Lexington, Va 

VMI Commanders 4, 3, 2, I President and Vice 
Pres.; Cadet Bugler 3, 2, 1 Assistant Chief and Chief 
Bugler; Brass Quintet 3. 2. 

As each day passes and the big day approaches, I say 
to myself "thank God I'm Almost out". The four 
years of my life spent here have been an experience 
I'm sure I won't forget. I look back on my cadetship 
and laugh at the good times I've had in spite of our 
beloved Institute. For those times I feel greatful for 
my roomates, all of them. Oh, for the record and just 
to prove that not all engineers hate Mallory Hall, 1 
have to say that I don't think that I could have made 
it without her. Those who know me know why and I 
don't think they would argue. lean say that things 
improved slightly with residence, but then again it 
tends to make life here more bearable. Well goodbye 
now. This is four years of late nights, hard work, and 
hard play, leaving you from back then when we was; 
now you're still and we're not. 

The best of luck to all that I leave behind; the VMI 
Commanders who helped keep my sanity and the 
Cadet Bugle Staff who helped keep my wallet, for a 
little while anyway. 


Dvkes — 1985 Todd Smith 

— 1991 Shawn S. Tancheff 

134 First Class 



Sean Perry Cantrell 


Special Student — ME 
Bardstown, KY. 

Private 4, 3, 1; Gone 2; Deadhead 4, 3, 1; Illegal Car 


Other Dean's List 3, I; Summer School 3, 2, 1; 

Ghetto 4, 3; Roadtrips 3, 1; Pilot of the "Adventure 

Mobile" 3, 2, I 

I really don't know what I'm supposed to say in one of 
these things so I'll start by saying thanks to all those 
people who made it all possible. Thanks to Col. Cum- 
mings for granting me a one year saratical after 3rd 
Class year. It was the best thing that ever happened 
to me. And to my co-pilot Bruce Busila, Mac Carr 
my navigator and to Guy Gormley, my engineer for 
the road trips and parties in the Adventure Mobile. I 
espescially want to thank my mom and dad for the 
time, money, and worries that they've gone through. I 
owe you all my life. Dad, thanks for all the advice and 
support. I know I haven't shown it very much, but I 
love you. Kelly, Sarah, Belts and West LA, Thanks 
for everything. You are great girls. And to Tee and 
the boys at OKE, thanks for the great parties. 

For those who want to know why I came to VMI . . . 
I really don't know. 

"Let's just say I was testing the reality. I was curious 

to see what would happen. That's all it was: just 

curiosity." — Jim Morrison 

Plug, B.A. Clark Chris, and Mic. Just remember you 

can't sit out on the last round. 

"Anyone want a Ringo" — Anonymous 

Martin Orlando Castillo 

Marty, Julio, B — Buster 

Marine Corps, Infantry — History 

Jersey City, NJ; Honduras 

Cross-Country 4, 3, 2; Track Indoor/Outdoor 4, 3, 2; 
Semper Fi Society 1; Hollins Club 2, 1; Survivor of 
Coach Bozeman's workout 4, 3, 2, I; "69" Club 3, 2, 
1; Virgin Private Society; Coup Club at VMI; NJ; 
Honduras; VA 

Marty has indeed experienced a cultural change by 
coming to VMI. Coming from a city that never goes 
to sleep to tantalizing Lexington was the first chal- 
lenge for him to face. Marty was a person who any- 
one could turn to for advice. Although he never held 
any rank here at VMI, everyone looked up to him as a 
true leader. Being an only child could keep one bot- 
tled-up for consolation while here at VMI; never 
theless, Marty if not able to contact his mother would 
turn to the Good Words from his little bible. He will 
be missed by everyone here at VMI, including the 
instructors. He will receive a commission in the Ma- 
rine Corps upon graduation, a title to claim by very 
few. We hope he gets to see his country (Honduras) 
many times as he wants to. Good Luck in the Ma- 
rines. You're a dynamic individual. Attack the world. 
Semper Fi, D.C. 

Dale, Oscar, we make one hell of a team, thanks for 
everything, specially my retruns from Hon. 1 only 
believe in my God and myself and I hope my Marines 
and my people believe like 1 do. Mis gracias a Dios 
Omnipotente; Mamaita, Te Amo y espero que te 
haga orgullosa de mi, me distesla fuerza de una Aqui- 
la y me ensenastes Amar a Nuestro Creador y a mi 
prijimo; te devo mi vida, ahora y siempre, te dedico 
mi vida! Nigel, Avalon, Tara, you're so much closer 
now to be called my very own. I mention no names, 
God is in charge of my forgiveness. Fix Bayonets !!!!!! 

Charles Compton Cayce III 

Case, Buddha, Fred 

Navy, Surface — Economics 

Atlanta, GA 

Rugby 4, 3, 2, I; DAK 3, 2, 1; Investment Group 2, 1; 
Ogeris Gaurdian Angel 3, 2, 1 

Finally but miraculously — I'm a college grad! I 
don't have near enough room to say all the thank 
yous I would like, so I shan't try except for a few 
people. Most appropriatelly, thank you Mom and 
Dad not only for the best possible gift you could have 
given me but also for massive love and support. I 
promise to take care of you when you are old. But I 
never would have been here if it were not for my 
uncle Johnny. For the past four years you have been 
the most inspirational person for me. Thank you very 
much Johnny — You're the BOY! Mon, Dad, and 
Johnny — I love you. 

Daks — The best friends possible. My two room- 
mates of three years — You know me better than 
anybody! Oger, the hairless one who could keep up 
with me in quatcrs! AJ, you are the only person I 
have lived the full three years with — It has been 
great! Steve, Bob, Rocco, Lou, and Web — you're all 
best friends. 

Collene. for three years your love, faith and patience 
have helped me together. Thank you and I love you 
very much! 


1983 Ben Cottrell 
1991 Tate "Taterhead" 


1985 Byron L. "Geekster" Ross 
1991 Jeff Rudolph 


1985 Mike Cook 
1991 Tom Austin 

First Class 135 


Stephen Tyler Champion 

Sparkplug George Marblehead Champ 

Army — Civil Engineering 

Radford, Virginia 

ASCE4. 3. 2. I; Rat. 4; Private 3. 2. 1 ; Cadet Waiter 
2, I; CE Cadet Assistant I; HMWH Club 2. 1: Rat 
Training Cadre 3; Band Company 4. 3, 2, I; Pilon 
Warrior I. 

f or the past four years people have asked me why I 
came to V Ml. I guess I decided on this place because 
It's good for me VMI teaches discipline in order to 
get through the academics, teaches a man responsibi- 
lity. the ability to take the good times with the bad 
times, makes him appreciate common luxuries and 
the social times much more, and most of all gives him 
self pride & a feeling of accomplishment.! learned a 
lot going through VMI & I wouldn't give up my 
experience & friendship aquired for anything. 1 could 
not have made it through VMI on my own, I had a lot 
of support from my brother rats, friends, professors, & 
above all, my family. I want to thank my parents for 
working so hard & devoting so much time & effort to 
put me through VMI; I will always love them for 
being such a great Mom & Dad. Everyone who helped 
me & gave me tons of love, support & caring, & that's 
the best gift a guy could ever have. Anyone who 
comes to VMI must take things humorously! want to 
thank Ted, Tom, & Bill for being such good rat room- 
mates. We had some friction in room 41 1 at times, but 
we always seemed to iron things out then & for the 
next three years. Anthony & Greg, you two have been 
a great influence on me, so don't ever stop giving your 
problem solving advice & humor. Steve, have a great 
life with Wanda. Ken & Gary, thank you for all your 
help. You made life here easier.! love you all. 

Dvkes — 1985 Kenneth Brian Cade 
- 1991 Gary Edward Rose 

Francis William Charlonis 

Bwana, Jarvis, Iguana, Earthpig 

Marine Corps — History 
Yorktown Heights, New York 

Cdt. Btty. 4. 3. 2. 1; TCFC 3, 2; Sec. OGA I: Busch- 
god 2. 1; Busch Warrior 2. 1; Firefighters 2. I; Bull- 
dog 3. 2; 2.0 and Go Club 4. 3. 2. I ; Drunk 4. 3. 2. 1 ; 
Semper Pi 2. I: Marathon Self Abuse Permit 2, 1; 
Living in Hell 4. 3. 2. I. 

What is there left to say after 4 years of VM!? 1 
could say that this whole experience was something 
that ! will fondly remember. But, I can't! There is a 
certain pride coming from VMI, and knowing what 
you have done is really something special. That is 
what will always be with me and not all the B.S. I 
dealt with. 

I would like to say a few words of thanks to Mom and 
Dad, its been hell, but thanTcs for all vour support. To 
everyone back home. NCLZMHRFLBJF etc. 
Thanks for being there. To the Beefboys and Rm 121 
you guys are great, Kilington and all those liver de- 
stroying episodes have made this place bearable. Fi- 
nally to my roommates: the Buschgods, Ace, Spaz, 
and Poncho. Your sense of humor is undeniably per- 
verted — I will never forget it. Jarvis — huh? The 
Bu.sch Party in 215 was a blast as were all of our after 
TAPS ventures to Stop-In! "Ace. I will have another 
beer now — thanks" (Unknown). 

"But we men are a painful race, 

a stock tormented by cruel fate, 

with minds mutually alienated and hearts 


— John Milton — 

Damon's Epitaph 

Dykes — 1985 Phil Pauquette 

— 1991 Chris Wyatt "Erpp" 

Robert A. Chaszar Jr. 

Caveman. Caspar, Dak 

Navy — Electrical Engineering 

Salem, Virginia 

Honor Court Prosecutor I, Second Class Represen- 
tative; Circle K 4. 3. Secretarv 2. Vice Pres. 1 ; Blood- 
mobile 4. 3. 2. Chairman 1:'dAKS 3. 2. I. 

In the past four years I have learned how much you 
can love and hate a place at the same time. For now 
I'd like to forget the bad and remember the good. 
VMI is not really a great place, but the people that go 
here make it great. Here's to you Brother Rats, 
you're some of the best friends I've ever had. I'm sure 
there will be many good times to come. 
DAKS, what can I say. You guys are the best. It's 
been a partying time. Some parties I'll never forget 
and some I'll never remember. The DAK parties 
must continue. At least once a year, if not more often. 
Roomates, 484 is finally going to make it out of here. 
How. I'll never know. Steve. Rick, and Tom you 
made this place worthwhile. You are the guys I'll 
miss the most. I think we've done well at this place, 
and I am sure we'll ride the waves in the future. 
Thanks for the help and support during our time 
here. I still can't believe it's almost over. One funnel 
for old times sake. Jeff and Charlie thanks for the 

The zoo will rock, studying, partying, at concerts or 
road trips. We made the grades! 
Thanks Mom. It's Over!! 

Dykes — 1985 Glen Frank 

— 1991 Ashton Lough, Bret Wertz 

I 36 First Class 


Charles Chung — Chul Chung 

Chuckie "Chuckle Chuckle", Chuckster 
Special Student N.S. — Chemistry 
Pusan, South Korea; Northern VA 

Rat 4; Pvt. 4, 3. 2, 1; Dean's List 4; Rat Training 3; 
Alan d'Andelot Belin Award Nominee 4; #1 Club 4; 
Post Ratline Stress Syndrome 3; ODU leave 3; Ille- 
gal Car Club 2; Boxing 2, 1; Villanova U. Inv. 
Champ.; USNA Inv.; Unauthorized Late Study 
Club 2, I 

I have nothing profound or philosophical to say about 
VMl that has not been said before by other cadets. 1 
have always admired the VMI "Ideal", and I will 
never lose that sense of idealism. 1 am very proud 
that I endured the rigors and the frustrations of the 
VMI cadetship. VMI has made me a better person 
mentally, physically, and spiritually. I am very confi- 
dent that I will succeed because VMI Has given me 
solid foundation to build upon. Thank you VMI. 
Kyle, I don't know how I could have done it without 
you. We've been through so much together. Wc al- 
ways gave our best and one cannot ask for more. We 
had a lot of fun and we'll have more; but its going to 
different not being cadets. Good luck to you in grad- 
uate school. You maybe whatever you resolve to be. 
Sam, I'm very proud of you. You are a good Rat and 
a fine Dyke. I hope I have been as good to you as you 
have been for me. Good luck! And study hard. Thank 
you Col. Wetmore for not losing faith in me. Thank 
you Coach Calkins for your understanding. Thank 
you Sue, Bill, Jeannie Hyun Joo, and Big Brother for 
your support. And thank you Wayne and Phyllis for 
your warmth, understanding, and love. I will never 
forget your kindness. 


1985 Tom "Slo-Mo" Young 
1991 Sam Kwon 

Christopher Ames Clark 

C.C, O.O.F., Dune 

Army — History, International Studies 
Lyndhurst, Ohio 

Pvt. 4, 3,2, l;BOMBStaff4, 3, 2, I; Head Photogra- 
pher 3: Photo Editor 1; AUSA 2, 1; President 1; 
Cadet Battery 4, 3; IRC 3, 2. I; Cadet Staff 3; Ring 
Figure Magazine Photographer 3, 2: IS. Germany 
— Russia Trip 2; Hollins Weekender 2, l;Club '41 3, 
2, I 

I really didn't know Chris when we were rats. Our 
friendship didn't start until summer school after rat 
year. His kind of friendship is rare and I would'nt 
trade the good and bad times we've had for anything. 
True friends are forever. — FVM 
4 Years ago I decided to come to VMI to make an 
investment in my future. Looking back now I think it 
was a pretty wise investment. I would'nt trade my 4 
years here for anything. 

I have a lot of people to thank for helping me along, 
because without them I would never have made it. 
Pat, Carl. Billy, Sue, Tom. Cindy, Grandmom, Uncle 
Tony, Aunt Rita, Cheryl, thank you for all the care 
packages, letters and love. Roy. thanks for showing 
mc the ropes. Jeff, Rich, Hammond, you guys are are 
the best, thanks for putting up with me for three 
years, there's always a cold beer waiting for you at 
my place. Frank you're the best friend a guy could 
have, even though you're a squid. I'll always be there 
if you ever need anything. Amy, I love you! Thanks 
for being there for me, without your love my four 
years here would have been very empty. Mom, what 
can 1 say!' That diploma is as much yours as it is 
mine. 1 would never had made it without you. Thanks 
for everything. I love you. Jim, good luck. I hope I've 
taught you well, keep up the good work. Don't you 
dare quit! Brother Rats, take care and best of luck to 
you all. See you in five years! 

Dykes — 1985 Roy Creasey 
— 1991 Jim Pugel 

Christopher James Clark 

Boot. King of Corn, C.C, C-Squared 

Army — History 
Cincinnati, Ohio 

Football 4. 3, 2, I; Track 3, 2; Promaji Club 3, 2, 1. 

I have nothing sentimental to say because the major- 
ity of people that read this will be my Brother Rats 
and other cadets, who have also been through the 
same experience. I will say that I feel obligated to the 
Brotherhood that seems to exist among all cadet- 
s,past and present. I know without the support of my 
Brother Rats and other cadets, that I would not be 
here today. I must first thank my Mom and Dad for 
keeping me here. It was they who would not let me be 
a quitter. I still remember my first day here when I 
told myself "I am going home. if not today sometime 
soon". I never made it home and I am still here 
Thanks Mom and Dad. When things really got tough 
Mom and Dad were hundreds of miles away. Who do 
you count on then? Easy answer — your roommates 
and friends. It's easy for me to admit that I depended 
on my roommates when the going got tough, it was 
they who provided the moral support. I will always 
remember the joking and teasing we did as a way to 
relieve the everyday depression and pressure of the 
VMI. I will remember all the serious talks we had 
lasting to the wee-hours in the morning. Thanks to 
you all: Andrew, Bobby, and Kenny. Thanks to rm, 
1 10: Mark, Mike, Mike and Tim; also Mac,Keilh,J.C. 
and Toye; and to the "Killer B's",all of who looked 
out for me. I would also like to thank my newest 
BR's: Keith and Terry; a special thanks to you "Fur"; 
and lastlv the dvkes: Donovan.Tim.and Brvce. 


1985 Mike Cook 

1991 Donovan McAuley 

First Class 137 

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Robert James Clark 

R.J.. Bob-Bob 

Air Force — Mechanical Engineering 

Lexington, Virginia 4, Corporal 3. Sargeanl 2, Private 1; ASME 4, 3. 
-, I ;Commuler Student 1; Ring Figure Committee 3. 

Vhc night before matriculation in August of 1984 
«as filled with anxiety which made for a very sleep- 
less night. After that first fun-filled day of cadre 1 
learned that sleep was going to be a valued object. 
Many nights I would lie awake and ask myself, "wh\ 
am 1 here?" It was not an easy question to contend 
with. 1 still am not sure exactly why 1 chose VMI 
One thing I feel sure of is that it was the right 

I remember how 1 admired my dykes when I was a 
rat. They knew the answer and had the patience to 
deal with any question I may have had, no matter 
how ridiculous it was. Over the last three years I have 
learned much about the VMI way of doing things. 
Not all of these learning experiences were good. 
Some entailed visiting Wierd's office just to be sure 1 
learned my lesson. 

I owe a lot of thanks to a lot of people. Rat year the 
.lones practically adopted Joey and I. 1 will always be 
grateful to them for taking care of us. My brothers, 
I ddie and Phillip also played a major part in my 
Cadetship. They were always supportive and interest- 
ed in what I was doing. But most important of all 
were my parents. To say thanks is not enough. They 
have been a solid foundation to which 1 could always 
depend upon. If I could ever be half as good a person 
as either my Mom or Dad 1 would consider my self 

Dykes — 1985 Tyke Arnold 
— 1991 Mike Bunch 

Robert Edward Claylll 

Bob, Dwarf, TD 

Army — History 

Smithfield, Virginia 

Rat 4, Corporal 3, Sergeant 2, Private 1 ; Pistol Team 
2, I; Tanker Platoon 2, 1; VMI Firefighters 3, 2, 1; 
Rat Training Cadre 2; Hop and Floor 1. 

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times 

Charles Dickens 

A Tale Of Two Cities. 

Thus are our years at VMI. Like the pain of broken 
limbs, the bad times fade in out memory, yet the good 
times remain fresh and clear in our recollections. 
When th 15th of May arrives, our time at the Insti- 
tute will be at an end, and we will take off the 
uniform of a Cadet for the last time. We will put 
behind us everything that has been a familiar time 
will come sadness, but remember the good limes. 
Remember the good times and smile. 

Thanks Mom and Dad. 

Michael William Clegg 

Mic — C, The Kleggier, Bis Mike 

Army — EC 

Newark, New Jersey. 

Boxing Club 3, Corporal, Sergeant, Promajii Club 3, 
2, 1; VMI Firefighters 2, I; Drug and Alcohol Abuse 
Committee I; Cadre 2, I. 

Four years Already, DAMN! 

Well Scott, it's been fun. We made it wish Rocky 
could be here too. The times we all had I will never 
forget. Remember Saluja and his First Jock Strap 
Rat Year. Scotty, I wish you the best of luck after 
VMI and I'm sure glad you have someone like Pam 
to take care of you. You'll need her! 
Mom and Dad, it's been tough. I've had my ups and 
downs, more downs than ups. But I love you very 
much and I thank you for all your avid support. Well 
Tam, I'll be able to chill out for a while. Patty, how 
are you doing. I love you to, and thanks for looking 
out for me. By the way moms and pops, don't rent the 
room out yet. I might need it a little longer. 
Well, I wish all of my classmates in '88 the best of 
luck in the world. Also, good luck to some of my 
closest friends. Bis"o", Dale, Martin, Woody, and to 
all the members of Promajii, keep it live! 
Well, Scott, I sure am going to miss your ugly face in 
the morning. We'll always be the best of friends 
forever, even if you are a republican. Keep in touch 
because I sure will. 

Good luck dykes, and remember. Be Strong Be 

Silent . . Be Succesful. 

Dykes — 1985 Tom Underwood Dykes — 1985 Stanley "Stash" Adamus 

— 1991 Todd Hubbard — 1991 Bruce Soileau, Jimmy Hammonds 

JgaWHMMfc^WiaMW ■■MaTORkfaUtTO'^gHM 

Michael Clarence Coleman 

Brickhead, Redneck, Joe, Soulman 

Navy — English 

Frankfort, Kentucky 

Newman Club 4, 3, 2. 1; IHTFP Club 4. 3, 2, 1; 
English Society 1; Timmons Sociel> 3; Goodbye 87 
Party 2; Rat Council 1; Karate 4, 3, 2, 1; Sport 
Parachute Club 3; Naval Aviators 4, 3, 2, I; Invest- 
ment Club I; Room Choas 4. 3. 2, I; Trident Society 
3, 2. 

I'd like to thank my family 1st. Your love and support 
made this expirience much better. I love you all more 
than I can express. Maj. Troppoli, withoutyour help. 
I couldn't have done it. Paul Brotzen & Bill Cronen- 
burg, thanks for the insaanity. Finally, Matt. Charlie. 
Tom, Frank, TC, & Doc. You guys have been awe- 
some; I couldn't have asked for better roomates — or 
better friends. Mike, this may be the easy way out. 
but you have become one of the best friends I'll ever 
have. We've had a lot of great times. Thanks for the 
memories — BTB Mike? Well the most outstanding 
thing 1:11 remember is his toothy grin . Seriously, 
Mike has made my VMI experience unique & I just 
want to say Fd do it again with him. FVM Well 
Mike, Fm afraid to compliment yoou too much for 
fear of your already awesome ego further inflating, 
but let me say you are one of the most capable & 
strong people Fve ever known, yet mature & under- 
standing enough. Your forever friend Matt "Come 
on Mike, it's so simple!" What can I say. you de- 
stroyed everything 1 owned, used everything I had, & 
exposed me to every disease known to man. I'm glad I 
had the "pleasure" of rooming with you for 3 yrs. Fve 
seen alot of myself in you. CVR 


1984 Randy Heath 
1991 Lee Bewley 

Walter William Coleman 

Walt, Hammer, Bunky 

Air Force — Economics 

Woodstock, Virginia 

Football 4: Rugbv 3; Buck Privates Club 1-4; Vice 
Presdent OGa'i;" Drop The Hachet 2; VMI Cadet 
Ad Manager 1; Investment Club 1; Organization of 
Receeding Hairlines 1-2; 12th Man vs. App. State I. 

Well here it is, time to write a little something about 
my experience. Let me see. I guess 1 have to say 
thank you Lord for giving me the opportunity to be 
able to attenpt and succeed in my endeavors. 1 want 
to thank Granddad and Grandmom for their support, 
of course my parents Tt all they have given me there 
is no way to repay them, thanks I love youz. I also 
want to thank my Lord for my future wife , Missy, 
sometimes known as Valerie. I thank you Miss form 
being with me in my last yeat here and God willing 
many more in the future. I love you! Last but not 
least my roomates and friends. Guys we have been 
through alot together. Dave, all those rides to Wood- 
stock, can't forget those . and those crazy times in the 
room with some brews. Lets hang on to all those good 
times and there svill be many more to come thanks for 
being a buddy. .Xubrey even though you are about the 
most accident prone football player to date you are 
still my buddy. Tom even though you drove me up the 
wall with the overhead lights at 2 oclock in the morn- 
ing and total disregard for my need for rest thanks it 
built character for me. Thanks go to all my freinds 
outside the Institute as well, H.B. Paul and my broth- 
ers, thanks for your support. Thanks again Lord for 
all that you have given me watch over us and keep us 
in your light we all are thankful. Amen 

Dykes — 1985 P.W. Sarver 

— 1991 Phillip Moyer "Flip" Secrist 

Christian Asmus Comberg 

Math, German, International Studies 

Kiel, West Germany 

.Academically Distguished; Dean's List; Cadet Assis 
tant; Rifle Team; Cadre 4, 3, 2; Timmins Musii 
Society; Band; German Club; Delta Phi Alpha Hon 
or Society; International Relations Club. 

What can someone say avout a person who constantly 
smiles from ear to ear. yet rarely laughs? Christian, 
your sense of humor has always reminded me not to 
lake life too seriously — a remarkable achievement 
at this institution. 

During our years together you have amazed me with 
your ability to throughly enjoy yourself and escape 
unscathed. As my roommate, you have made life 
quite interesting. The force of your personality has 
won you the admiration and respect of our entire 
class, and you should be proud of your extraordinary 

— JDE 

First Class 139 


Theodore Edward Comeau 

Ted, Perry 

Navy — Electrical Engineering 
Perry Hall, Maryland 

Rat 4; Cpl 3; Private 2, I; Guidon Bearer(Band Co) 
1; Naval Aviators 3. 2. Secretary 2; IEEE. 

The time has finally come to express my thoughts 
about the "I" and to thank all those who have made 
these past four years bearable. As I look back to rat 
>car, I remember being thrown into a room with 
three strangers. As that year progressed, these 
strangers became my brothers rats; Bill. Steve, and 
Tom. I'm glad we all made it! Third class year came 
with a new set of strangers; Rob, Andy, Paul, and 
Chuck. Since that day, we have remained roommates 
throughout our cadetship. The years have been filled 
with great times that I will never forget. You guys are 
the best!! 

Now, it is time to give credit where credit is due . 
Kevin, thanks for the advice not only rat year, but 
also throughout my cadetship. You've been a role 
model. To everyone at home thanks for the support. 
Viom and Dad. you deserve the most credit. You 
have, along with VMI. instilled confidence in me that 
has gotten me through the four toughest years in my 
life. 1 love you! 

Well, VIVII. I can honestly say I'll miss you and I'll 
carry away memories that will last a lifetime. 

Gregory Lyle Connor 

Greg, Lyle 

Navy — Physics 

Lenox, Massachusetts 

Cpl 3; Ops. Sgt 2; Captain (Bd. Co.) 1; Timmons 
Music Society V-P; Sigma Delta Pi V-P.; VMI Com- 
manders; Rat Training Cadre; Marine Corps Mara- 
thon; Deans List. 

First to the greatest family and relatives a person 
could hope to have. I can only offer a thank you and 
an affirmation that We have made it. We've all, in a 
sense, experienced the inherent emotional roller cos- 
ter that sets VMI apart from other schools. You have 
always been there to share and to support. I could 
never have done it without your love and 

To Schniedic and Joe, you two are the best. Even if 
you don't admit it, I know we've all enjoyed living, 
laughing and even quarreling together. I'd do it all 
over again with'ya guys. Thanks for all the memories. 
VMI is a place to test oneself and I have never 
regretted having come here. At times it's easy to feel 
sorry for xourself but nothing worth while is ever 

"far better it is to dare might things, to win glorious 
triumphs, even though checked by failure, than to 
take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy 
much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey 
twilight that knows not victory nor defeat." 
I'd be more than negligent if I didn't thank mv rat 
roommates; Robin, Tom, and Jimmy, for making the 
most trying year a little easier. I wondered more than 
once whether or not we'd all make it. Congrats Rm 


1985 Kevin Holland 
1991 Matt Zahorsky 


1985 Craig Dezern 
1991 Doug Yeabower 

Michael Earle Corson 

Mike, Boom-Boom, Corky 

Army — Civil Engineering 

North Chuckatuck, VA 

Boxing Club, 2, 3, 4 Captain,4; Regional Champion 
— All American, 3; The Jammer's School of Aca- 
demically Extinguished Students, 2, 3, 4; Resident — 
Casa Verde, Summer 87. 

They said this section was for accomplishments here 
at the Institute. The fact that I'm still here to write 
this is accomplishment enough for me. With that in 
mind, I feel it necessary to thank those who've I have 
occassionally cursed for keeping me here. Mom and 
Dad, I reckon you ought to come first. You two could 
see the big light at the end of the tunnel for me when 
I thought that light was only someone flicking their 
Bic. Jenn\, Ann, and Clare, and those three turkeys 
ya'll married — a big thank you goes to you also. 
Others who have been there when I needed a favor or 
advice include Mr. Al Miller, Mr. Jack Nurney, 
Coaches Calkins and King, and even the Jammer 
who taught us how to escape from speeding locomo- 
tives. Col. Crim, thanks for all the help, not to men- 
tion all the candy we were'nt supposed to be eating. 
Not to be forgotten is the guys in Mallory Hall — I 
just forgot them. 

Roomies, after four years of good and bad I can say 
the good won out. Now let's get the hell out of this 
place. L.G., i think you know what you've meant to 
me and how you've helped. Thank you. 
If anyone has been left out then I apoligizc. I hope 
you know who you are. 

Finally, to the boys of the House of Green — if I still 
owe you any money I'd be happy to buy you all the 
country-fried steaks you can eat at Estelles 

DYKES — 1985 Woo Kirtley 
— 1991 Alan Levy 

140 First Cla.s: 


James Merrill Cottrell 

J.C, Jimbo 

Army — Civil Engineering 

Norfolk, Virginia 

Soccer 4, 3, 2, Capt. 1. 

I'd like to thank my parents for being so supportive of 
my career here at the Institute. There have been 
many times when I have tested their patience and 
they have always helped me pull through. I would 
also like to thank my brother, for without his advice I 
would be a lot worse off. I would like to thank my 
roommates for the good times together. The nights 
out next door carousing and doing wils. All of ttiose 
nights on confinement playing dropkick bonanza in 
the gameroom. Once again I would like to thank my 
family because without their love and support I could 
not have made it. 

William Henry Cronenberg III 

Bill, Cronendome, Damn Yankee 

Army (Armor) — History, Psychology 

Ozone Park, New York 

Pvt 4; Cpl 3; 1st Sgt 2; D Co. Commander I; Dean's 
List 3, 2, 1; Academically Distinguished 2, 1; Air- 
borne School 4; Pres Newman Club 3, 2; VMI Fire- 
Hghtcrs 2, I ; Scuba Club 4. 3. 2, I ; Rod & Gun Club 
3, 2, I; Pre-Law Society 2, 1; Phi Alpha Theta. 

It is hard to say anything meaningful in so small a 
space about the years I have spent at the mother "I". 
I will say that deep down I have never regretted my 
decision to come here. I may have cursed it at times, 
but never regretted it. 

My fondest memories of my life here will always 
revolve around the people I spent it with. John 
"Space Cadet" Bordelon. J.J. "Rocco" Keppeler, 
Paul "Scooby" Brotzen, Mike "Jaws" Coleman, are 
but a few notables. How could I ever forget the late 
night study sessions, the X-Checks, the road trips, the 
Jaws Society, or the infamous Blue Whale? None of 
it would have been possible without a little help from 
my friends. 

Dykes — 1985 John Adams 

— 1991 Tommy Tarkenton 

Robert Schuyler Crow 


Air Force — Mechanical Engineering 

Severna Park, Maryland 

Illegal Car Club 4, 3, 2; Arnold Air Society 4, 3, 2; 
Cpl 3; Sgt 2; lieutenant \: Ranger Platoon 3; VMI 
Firefighter 3; Tanker Platoon 2; American Society of 
Mechanical Engineers. 

When I started this little endeavor four years ago, I 
never expected to travel such a twisted path. I must 
admit that I started out with excitement, though I 
didn't expect things to go quite as they did. Over the 
last four years that excitement has developed into a 
pride and affection for VMI that will always be with 
me. During my time here there has been great change 
within myself. There has been a steady growth of 
maturity and self-confidence in every activity I've 
tried, a growth that could not have happened any- 
where else. For that I am greatful and left more at 
ease about what lies ahead. 

While it was the Institute that shaped the road I 
followed, the guidance down that path came from 
those around me. I never would have made it without 
support. Garrith, Mark, and all of you — THANKS! 
You were there when I needed you. Thanks Dad for 
the inspiration to be here, and Mom for just being 

Rach — I Love You! 

Dykes — 1985 Matt "Plastic Man" Daniel Dykes — 1985 Kevin Flynn 

— 1991 Pat Keenan — 1991 Dan Buckley. Chris Edmonston 

First Class 141 

a^^jUh^Myaiifltny', aji^iiM!,JiH> JMiMmiMiiiiiinniHiMi 

Alvaro Fernando Cuellar 

Al, Chico, Kahuna 

Navy — Mechanical Engineering 

Burke, Virginia 

Rat. Pvt 321; OG A — Pres; Naval Aviators — Sect; 
\S\1E 4321; Ring Figure Construction Chairman; 
New Market Honor Guard 32; Young Republicans 
1;VM1 Firefighters 2. 1; S-5 Tour Guide 43; Bowling 
Mlev Asst. ABC OITicer; Ke\ West Roadtripper 2. 

These past 4 yrs have gone by so fast, it does'nl seem 
too long ago 1 was silting in Wendel's chair getting 
my head shaved. Since that day 1 5 aug 84, 1 began an 
unending learning process that changed my life. Rat 
\ r, I learned how to sweat and hate 85 + 2;3rd class yr 
I learned how to study and drink J.B.;2nd class, I 
learned how to play almost every weekend; 1st class 
year — well — how to get serious about certain 
things, In addition to all ihis.the most important as- 
pect I learned was the value of my friends, especially 
my roommates; Frank. Tom. Dan. Chris — I owe you 
my sanity — love you guys. Now "the" list; Jack. 
Brad. .Andy; you were great; Slate, Tony, Mark, Ray, 
.■\JK, Turbo, Kev, Chowder. TT; Summer School 
roomies; the OG.-\ and Lt. McGinnis — thanks for 
being there. I can't go without thanking Mami and 
Dad.Sis and Bro for your wonderful support, I love 
you dearly, .Above all I must thank God for giving me 
preserverence and dedication these past four years. 
"I have not had fun here'"just kidding Jack. but all the 
bad memories have become harder to remember and 
only the good ones remain. I could have tried to ex- 
plain what happens here but "I could go on for hours 
telling stories.but , , you had to be there" Jimmy 
Buffet '78 

".Ask not what your country can do for you, but what 
\ou can do for your country" JFK 

Dvkes — 198.^ Thomas J. Emerson Jr. 
_ 1991 Fred "Pops" Oldfalher 

Neal J. Culiner 

HP, Sqirrel, Culibo. NJ 

Air Force — Mechanical Engineering 

Richmond, Virginia 

Dean's List 2; .Arnold Air Society 432.Admin ICmd; 
Tennis2; BOMB Head Photographer3; Photo Club 
Pres 3; Vice-Cmdt AFR0TC-FT3; MOWW Award 
2; ASME 4321; Scuba Club I; Naval Aviators 
43;Ncw Market Honor Guard 2;VMI Photographer 
4321; ATP-F16 Pilot2; Alf Fan. 

It has been the toughest four years of my life I can't 
sav Its been easy, its been a challenge, I feel like I 
have accomplised a lot, I've been through many 
changes and and gained from a valuble expereince. I 
think the best word for VMI is sacrifice. A cadet has 
to sacrifice so much in order to make it through this 
place as well as sacrifice the fun all of his friends are 
having at other colleges. However, we will be one 
step above our peers following graduation and will 
then realize how VMI has been the best for us. I had 
to wake a sacrifice that may be phrased as follows; 
"You can go to a normal college and have fun for 
four year and struggle for the rest of your life or you 
can struggle four years and cruise the rest of your 
life". Granted, it hasn't been fun and easy but VMI 
will pave its way. This school has its ups and downs, 
its peaks and valleys. Something is going good and 
your happy, or nothing is going right and your de- 
pressed. I've been through many of these valleys and 
if it hadn't been for you. Mom and Dad. I wouldn't be 
writing this history now. If it hadn't been for your 
push, which you always gave when I needed it, I 
wouldn't have made it. Thank you so much Mom. 
Dad, Jason, and Abby, I love you. Dave, Scott, and 
Kevin; we had a lot of fun together especially those 
eraser fights. I wish all of you the best of luck in the 
future. We will meet again. 


1985 Pat Pressler 

1991 Chris "Smurr Elster 

Theodore James Cusick 

"The Mullet", Skippy, "Kussick", "Q", 

US .'\rmy Armor — Economics, Fine Arts 

Riderwood, Maryland USA 

F-Troop Virgin Pvt 4, 3. 2. 1; VMI College Republi- 
can President, Vice-Pres. 4. 3. 2; VMI Firefighters 3, 
2. 1; Sweet Briar Ranger 2; Timmins Society 1; 
Tanker Ph. 2; Penalty Tour Club 4, 3. 2. I; Ac Stars 
I;. I hope 

It can be assessed that the pyramid is the sturdiest of 
all geometric shapes. In my youth the "pyramid" 
encompassed a young man, his shotgun, a fine Britta- 
ny Spaniel, and hunting the impervios swamps with 
his father and brothers. Fortunately from my experi- 
ences at the "1", 1 have come to envision the "pyra- 
mid" to be more. Fourfold, the pyrmid embodies 
your Lord. Nation, Family, and perseverence. Hence 
a man who elicits the support of the pyramid integral- 
ly will not only be reputable but invinciblel — T.J. 

122 Crew: Dave. Don, John, Mike, and Rusty thanks 
for the cheap beer and priceless memories. 
My Brothers: your little big brother "Mullet" made 

Mom and Dad: When my grades and life was advanc- 
ing in the reverse direction you stood behind me. 1 
will never be able to repay you enough! I love you 

Pamela: I love you. "The happy times together we've 
been spending. I wish that every kiss was a happy 
ending, would't it be nice'' — The Beach Boys 
PS. I have a crush on vou too! 

Dvkes — 1985 David Hugh Irvin 

— 1991 David K. "The Bullet" Raucher 

aWSMW ,^.\-i7M«WIMII 


Jason Michael Dahlquist 

Jungle, JD, Goose, Ninja, Jas 

Air Force — Electrical Engr 

Bemidji, Minnesota 

Zoo 1,2 Band 4, 3, 2, 1; Dive Club 2, 1; IEEE 1; Rat 
Training 1; Firefighters 3, 2, 1: Ranger Pit. 3; Karate 
Club 3 

The time has finally come for us to get out of this 
place, and enter the real world. It wasn't a fun experi- 
ence, but it was not designed to be one. If the phrase 
"you have to give up .sonething to get something" has 
any validity, then we all have alot coming to us. But. 
as with any sitution, there is good hidden amongst the 
terrible. The good that this place offers, and perhaps 
overweighs the bad, is the comradery that developes 
between brother rats. I guess you call it "shared 

To my roomates Adam, Phil (Hoss), Andy and Lew, 
I thank you for all of your support and understand- 
ing. It was sometimes bordering martyrdom. It is 
hard to describe the bond that develops between roo- 
mates, but we had it, and it was good. 
Tko the Heavy Metal Creatures of the Zoo (Gregg, 
Erik, and Cloyd) and frequent visitors Cotus 
Ooohhhmmstead and Gregg, thanks. I wonder how 
we made it through, with all the choas that seemed to 
spawn from our study place, but the important thing 
is that we did it together. 
"Now hollow fires burn out to black 
And lights are guttering low 
Square your shoulders, lift your pack 
And leave your friends and go" — A.E. Housman 

Dykes —1985 Glenn DeGrote 
— 1991 Martin Heinze 

Eric David D'anna 


Air Force — Electrical Engineer 

Shrewsbury, PA. 

Corpral 3; Sgt. 2; Lt. 1; Eta Kappa Nu 2. 1; (Presi- 
dent) VMI Engineering Society (Tau Beta Pi) 2, 1; 
IEEE 1; Dedicated Zoo Animal 2, 1 

Finally, the end of the long struggle I thought would 
never end. I attribute all of my accomplishments to 
those who have helped me along the way. Thanks to 
my parents, grand-parents, and family for the finan- 
cial an moral backing necessary to realize ny poten- 
tials. To Scooby and Gumby, the comic relief that 
allowed ne to retain my sanity thanks, if foe no other 
reason, this place was warth going through to meet 
you guys. Along the same lines , I couldn't review my 
cadetship without reference to the Zoo. A collection 
of fools without a purpose dedicated to putting off all 
serious studying for the discussion of more relevant 
issues such as "Hell Cows" and "Elephants in Straw- 
berry Patches", and yet keeping the average GPA 
above a 3.0!! All those years. I'm one of the few guys 
who still has his rat girl friend and 1 have to give you 
most of the credit for our relationship lasting through 
college. I wouldn't want to have gone through this 
place without someone like you. 
Thanks agian, to all of you! 

Dvkes -^ 1985 Kerry Kirk 
— 1991 Gerrv Usi 

Antonio Stefano Davila 

ADS Dav Spicoli Paco 

Army Infantry — Economics 

Alexandia, VA — Belgium, Peru 

Ac Pro 3; Cond Pro 3. 1; Ranger Platoon 3. 2; CPB 4; 
Pistol Team 3. 2. 1 VP; Marshall Libray 2. 1; 3rd 
Battalion S-6; Pvt 4, 3, 2, 1; VMI Theatre 3. 2. 1 

I remember, about 4 years ago. filling out college 
applications: I completed 2 of them, but only mailed 
one out; 1 thank God they accepted me. Today not 
too far from graduation. 1 realize how much I'll miss 
this place, and looking back upon the good times 
(there svere some) and the bad times (quite a few, it 
seems) 1 cannot help but hope that VMI will keep 
providing to many upcoming cadets the same oppor- 
tunities it offered me. Never say die — 88. 
Spazz Monster Adams; After laughing homework 
away for 3 years, you and I did a lot of laughing. You 
ran the corps whilee at VMI, you'd better be running 
the world 10 years from now!! You're powerful, dude! 
Good job, Disky!! 

Buckethead Durham: Your strictly business ways 
never ceased to impress me. Bubba!! Just don't ball 
me up — I'll start lifting tomorrow — honest. Let's 
go to UV.A if he runs the stick. Can you spare a girl? 
Gil'fer Barends: You and I'll have to suck it up a little 
longer at the 1. but I know we'll have fun (off proba- 
tions?) we're building a lot of character! 
Nic: you know who your friends are: Do more than 
just stay in touch! to '88: Rel. Stocko, Fuzz. Sambo. 
Grea, and the rest of vou all. 1:11 miss vou after Grad! 

Dykes —1985 Chuck Baker 

— 1991 Rodney "Faint" Hopkins 

First Class 143 


Scott Ramon Davila 

Skippy, Potty, Raymon 
Special Student — Economics 

Tennis; Monogram Club; Circle K Club; Investment 
Club; Cadet Waiter. 

Once again I find myself involved in another tradi- 
tional facet of the class history. There 
isn't much I would like to reflect on except the fact 
that I am overjoyed it has come to an end. The four 
year journey has been difficult and even unbearable 
at times. however. I am persistent to realize that it has 
been worthwhile. 

If there is one benefit that I most cherish about it all 
IS the many friends that I have had the pleasure to be 
associated with. I'd like to thank all of them for 
making me laugh and smile the days away. Special 
thanks to my roommates in rm. 250-150 (Dave.Brent- 
. Jimmy. .Andrew and Bone). I hope I was as good a 
roommate and companion as you all were to me. I 
would also like to thank the boys in rm.l 14 & 108 for 
acting as second roommates through the years. Final- 
ly I thank my family ( Mom. Dad. Chris, Ann and Jeff) 
for putting up with me and my antics over the years. I 
hope i made you proud, because 1 know I'm proud to 
be a part of the family. 

•\s I bid farewell to the Institute as a cadet I must 
add that I don't regret in any way coming her- 
e. Yes. there were sacrifices, but the experience and 
memories are everlasting. 

PS. You are great dykes, Tayloe and Jack. To my boys 
back home (Chip, Gordon, Robbie, Rick, Ted and 
Todd) I would like to thank them for the sanity and 
social life since childhood. 

Dykes — 1985 Tavloe Dameron 
— 1991 Jack Woodfin 

Robert Scott Davis 

Maddog, Train, Hog, Hoss,Scooter, Skull 


Virginia Beach, Va. 

Football Letterman 4, 3; Canterbury Club 4; College 
Republicans 1; Trident Society 1; XO Cadet Waiters 
2. 1 ; India Co. Representative to Rat Council 1 ; FCA 

"It IS not the critic who counts, not the man who 
points out how the strong man stumbled or where the 
doer of deeds could have done better. The credit 
belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; 
whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; 
who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again 
and again ... who knows the great enthusiasms, the 
great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy 
cause; who at the least knows in the end the triumph 
of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he 
fails, at least fails while doing greatly, so that his 
place shall never be with those cold and timid souls 
who know neither victory nor defeat." 

T. Roosevelt 

Shelton Avery Davis 


Army-Biology B.S. 

Portsmouth, Virginia 

Football 4, 3; FCA 4; Religious Council 2, 1; AUSA 
I; Promaji Club 4, Treasurer 3, Vice Pres. 2; Rappel- 
ling Instructor 2; Cadre 2, I;. AFT Instructor 1; Pvt 4; 
Cpl 3; Ops Sgt 2; Cadet Captain 1 

For the first three years, I never really understood 
why I was here, why I disliked this place so much, 
and most importantly, why I continued to stay. Only 
now can I understand my dislike and cope with it 
accordingly. .Admittedly. I suffered much and cried 
many tears, but through the support of my parents, 
Jimmy, Ray, David and even Todd, I slowly made my 
way through this place. In retrospect, this place has 
nurtured many of my better qualities and dimmed 
some of my bad ones. I guess that I came here as a 
naive child and I shall leave here as a slightly wiser 
one. So. VMl. I offer you a grudging, but heartfelt 
respect in light of what you have done for me. Dad, 
Mom, Raynard, Jimmy, David, I love you all and you 
mean the world to me. Kyrie Eleison. 

Dykes — 1985 Kirk Ring. John Powers 
— 1991 Robert R. Johnson 

Dykes — 1985 David Allen Twillie 

— 1991 "Biff Beale Cameron Stone 



Andrew Paul DeMaio 

Drew, Mayo, A. P. 


Virginia Beach, Virginia. 

Private 4, 3. 2. I. and the year to come; English 
Society 3; Pre Law Society 3. 

Since the nightmare is far from over, 1 am reluctant 
to comment on it. Thanks to a one year sabbatical 
provided by the Institute, I still have one year re- 
maining. Perhaps that is the reason for my cynicism. 
In actuality, I am proud that I have made it this far, 
attending the Institute is indeed a challenge. I am 
certain that I have met some fellows here that will be 
great men in the future, but then there are those 
whom I cannot say very much about. 
As for my roommates, they have made all the differ- 
ence in the world, as well as many other friends I 
have made along the way. To my roomies Brent. 
Dave. Jimmy, and Scott: the good times are count- 
less. Thanks for helping me to maintain my sanity. To 
Brent: I probably wouldn't have been suspended if 
you hadn't kicked in the Guardroom door. Thanks 
also to Tommy and his folks for everything. Thanks 
especially to Mom and Dad. I hope I can give some- 
thing in return. Whoopsl I almost forgot I have many 
days left, wish me luck. If 1 left anybody out. I'll hit 
you ne.xt time around. 

Brian Alan Demers 

Dem, B.D., Bri, "Dem-ears" 

Air Force-ME 

Petersburg, Virginia. 

Christopher Michael Demmons 


Framingham, Massachuesetts. 

BasebalU. 3;.'\SME4, 3. 2. I; Arnold Air Society 3. Pvt. 4, 3. 2. I: Rat Training Cadre 3, 2; USMC 

2. I ; Band 4. 3: Newman Club 4: Private 4. 3; Intra- Marathon 3. 2. 1 : Shamrock Marathon 2: No. 1 Club 

mural Sgt. 2; Battalion S-4 1st. Lt. 1; Ring Figure -^; .Academically Extinguished 4. 3. 2. I; Beef Boys 3. 

Hotel Committee 2; TR I. 2. 1; Damned Yankee 4. 3. 2, 1. 


1985 Palmer Hamilton 
1991 Patrick Warner 

Four years ago I didn't even consider going to 
VMl.The first year at VMl was filled with uncertain- 
ty.apprehension and fear. VMl gives a young man 
many challenges to be conquered. VMl taught me a 
lesson in gaining success and confidence. Self confi- 
dence and a strong mental attitude was instilled upon 
me throughout the four years. 
The greatest part of the VMl experience were the 
close friendships which were made. At times VMl 
was unbearable but the friendships made it easier. Th- 
ere are so many people to remember through the 
years. Thanks Grant. Bobby .and Chris for the support 
you gave me in studying and in keeping my humor 
during the four years as an ME. Those late nighters 
would have been tough without you guys. Not bad for 
a bunch of non-engineers. Best of luck. Tom and Todd 
its finally over.we had some great times. Good luck to 
the both of you.Kirk.Carlos.and John its been 
real!Thanks for all the experiences we had together. 
You helped me through the good and bad limes. My 
door is always open to you guys. I won't forget you. 
Good luck to you in your endeavors and may we met 

Finally.words can't express the thanks 1 owe my par- 
ents. Mom. thank you for your love and support 
through the years. Dad, 1 chose the military because 
one day I hope to be as successful as you. I love you 
two.Thanks to evervone.It's all been worth it. 

Dykes — 1985 Shane Sullivan 
— 1991 Darin Chambers 

"Now I'm a little bit older and I'm not a hell of a lot 
wiser." Husker Du. 

The time which I have spent at VMl can only be 
politely termed as a unique experience. Would 1 do it 
over again? 1 doubt it. Unfortunately 1 missed out on 
the "whole man concept" VMl so vehemently 
preaches. I guess it was while 1 was failing chemistry, 
serving confinement and marching pt's. and trying to 
get contracted. Oh well, life is a funny thing. I'd like 
to thank my parents and friends for their invaluable 
assistance. Most of all 1 would like to thank my BR's. 
Without them 1 would have already lost what's left of 
my sanity. To the beef boys, busch gods, boomvangs. 
and every other mutant I've partied with — we will 
regroup in hell for a beer — thanks. "ack!thptt!" 
VMl Bill The Cat 

Dykes — 1985 Ralph Tremaglio 
— 1991 Tonv Lonsdale 

First Class 145 


Francis Xavier deVenoge 

Fleabag.Frenchy, Quitter, Fwank,Schwanz 


McLean, Virginia. 

1 ootball I ; Rugby 4, 3, 2; Big Red Club Pres.4, 3: 
Circle K 4, 3; Society of Young Economists 4, 3; 
SCSC 2; Firefighters 4. 3: Bushdivers 3. 2: Power- 
puker 4. 3. 2, 1; Virgin Private 4. 3. 2, 1; Cmdnts 
Aud-Vis Crew; Key West Crew 3; VMI Tour.Shri- 
vcnham. England. 

"He that sleeps feels not the toothache" — Cymbe- 
linc. Mom and Dad, I Knew you would truly appreci- 
ate this quote. Through sleep and your love and sup- 
port, both spiritual and financial, I somehow made it 
through here. All 1 can say is Dad, You were right, it 
was over before 1 knew it, but, it still wasn't over 
quick enough. Actually, I learned a lot at this place, 
mostly how great my entire family is and how much I 
love them. Thanks to you 1 learned anything is possi- 
ble, even a pretty boy having all his hair cut off. and 
still chicks dig him. "For dust thou art. and unto dust 
you shall return-in between, can a little drink hurt?" 
(Talmudic Comment) To all the fellas thanks for the 
many road trips that hurt so bad Monday mornings. 
Living in the corner was definately a wild experience. 
Mark and Matt — see you in San Diego. To my 
roommates, what can I say. David Leroy; Andre and 
of course Fathead Dan(Laura still doesn't like you); 
It was all worth it making BR's for life like you. 
■Actually were it not for you guuys, suicide was right 
around the corner. Dan, you brought a new dimen- 
sion to the word clown, thanks for tha laughs. Andy, 
from Knights to Keydets, what are we doing here? I 
love you guys, keep in touch. Phil, clown. "1 will get 
by, I will survive." Jerry Garcia. "He that enjoys 
ought without thanksgiving is as though he robbed 
(jod." St. Chrystom. Thank you God! 


1985 Mark S. Carroll 

1991 Richard David "Dick" Stone 

Kirk John Dewyea 

Kirkus, Dilecti, Fang Skip, Spike 

Air Force-EC 

Warrenton, Virginia. 

Honor Court 2, 1 Prosecutor 1; Corporal 3; Master 
Sgt. 2; Battalion Commander I; President Martial 
Arts Club 3, 2, 1; Order of the Sleepless Nights 3, 2, 
1 ; Ring Figure Comm, New Market Honor Guard 4, 

Now that the struggle is almost over, it is time to 
reflect upon what VMI has meant to me and to thank 
those who have blessed me with their love and friend- 
ship.These few words from Teddy Roosevelt explain 
what the past four years have taught me. 
"It is not the critic who counts or how the strong man 
stumbled and fell or where the doer of deeds could 
have done better.The credit belongs to the man who 
is actually in the areana.whose face is mared by dust 
and sweat and blood, who strives valliantly, who errs 
and comes short again and again, who knew the great 
enthusiasm, the great devotion and spends himself in 
a worthy cause; and if he least he fails while 
daring greatly so that he will never be with those 
cold, timid souls who know neither victory or defeat." 
Thank you Mom and Dad; you have been the guid- 
ance and the strength. To my roommates I owe you a 
great deal. you have blessed me and I consider myself 
lucky to have laughed, hurt, struggled, and grown 
with you guys. Carlos, Dem. John, you are the best. To 
my BR's thank you for the trust and all your friend- 

To my Cindy.there are not words to describe how you 
have pulled me through this place. Your reassuring 
voice over the phone, your letters, and your advice 
have made all the difference. VMI has been a test and 
we have proved we can make it.I LOVE YOUITo 
Nick, Vicand Mike,have respect for all and good 

Dykes — 1985 William Marty Sargeant 
— 1991 Nick Alien, Mike Munno 

Erich William Diehl 

Big Diehl, "Willy", Moose, "Ginsu' 
Springfield, Virginia. 


Varsity Football 4, 3. 2. 1; Fellowship of Christian 
Atheletes 4, 3. 2, I Pres 2, 1 ; Monogram Club 3,2, 1 ; 
Varsity Track 1; Religious Council 2, 1; American 
Society of Civil Engineers 1. 

What was I to do when my Dad told me that he 
wanted his son to go to U.S. Naval Academy? It was 
hard to convince the stubborn USMC Sergeant, but 1 
went to the West Point of the South — The Good 
Old "I" , . VMI. I have never once regretted my 
deceision, and my Dad and 1 over the years have 
found a deep love for the Institute and all that it 
stands for! I came to VMI not knowing what stood 
ahead of me: the Ratline, the Honor System, the 
Ring, the warm fellowship of BR's, and a degree in 
Civil Engineering! Over my four year journey, I want 
to thank my Mom, Dad, Sister, and those relatives 
who always gave me their love, well wishes, and en- 
couragement. Especially to Mom and Dad who were 
always at mv games or just a phone call away. I 
LOVE YOU BOTH! I wouldn't have made it with- 
out your love. Finally, I want to thank God for always 
being there when no one else really cared. Chaplain 
Caudill a man who has given so much.. Thank You. 
Isaiah 40:30-31 it is said: "Though youths grow wea- 
ry and tired, and vigorous young men stumble bad- 
ly,yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new 
strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles. 
They will run and not get tired. They will walk, and 
not grow weary." What does the future hold for this 
man, God knows! Kimberly, I have not forgotten you! 
Kiddo you have made my last year at VMI complete- 
ly AWESOME! I wish I would have met you earlier. 


1985 Charles "Rockhead" Rogcrson 
1991 Barry Witt 

146 First Class 






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Jeffrey Bennett Dixon 

Head, Worm 

Marines — EE 

Berryville, Virginia. 

BSU 4, 3, 2, 1, Pres 1; OCF 3, 2, 1; Bomb 2; Naviga- 
tors 4, 3; Semper Fi 2, !; Rat Training 2; RFT Cadre 
2, 1; Band 4, 3. 2, 1; Chaplain's Bible Study 2, 1; 
Bridgewater-VMI Connection 3, 2, 1; Pylon Com- 
mittee 1; Wildman Club 3, 2. 1. 

It's hard to believe that this is our last year here at 
VMI. In some ways these last three years have 
seemed like an eternity, but in other ways it has been 
a very short time. 

I've really enjoyed some moments and have really 
hated others. I've learned a lot about my major, but 
even more about myself, and I feel that is a big 
reason why this school is better than all others. They 
say VMI brings out the man, and I have been no 
exception to that statement. 

In the three years I have been here I've made many 
friends and discovered what it means to be a friend to 
others. I can't name all those whom I call my friends, 
but I would like to recognize a few. First, I thank my 
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ — He really is the One 
responsible for all the success and blessings that I 
have received over the years. Second, I thank my 
parents for their support and love that they have 
given me. Third, I thank Chaplain Caudill, he is 
always willing to help and listen, and has definately 
been there for me. Fourth, I thank the Hammonds 
for OCF and a place for me and Dawn to study and 
be alone. Fifth, I thank my roommates John and Bill, 
they have really been fun to be around. Last, and 
especially important, my fiancee. Dawn. She has 
been everything 1 could ever ask for in a friend and 
will soon be my wife and eternal friend — thanks 

Dykes — 1986 Jersey Johnson 
— 1991 Tom Heffern 

Patrick Brian Donovan 


Air Force — EE 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Football 4, 3; Swimming 4, 3, 2, 1, Captain 1; Water- 
polo 4, 3, 2, 1, Captain 1; IEEE, Arnold Air Society, 
Baldwin Bunch, Pool Partv Room Club. 

"What a long strange journey it's been." Time here 
seems to pass slowly while you are here, but when you 
look back, it seems to be just a blur. The good times 
and happy memories seem to hide all the drudgery of 
everyday life. Breakout, Ring Figure, Weekends, Ho- 
tel Parties, all of these stand out and one begins to 
realize that these years have been the best and the 
friends made will last a lifetime. It's hard to imagine 
that I'll be missing this place when I have spent so 
much time trying to get away from it, but I will. 
However I'll mostly just miss the parties . . . 
To Mom and Dad, 1 made it. But I couldn't have 
done it without you both. Your love, support, and 
understanding has inspired me and made me what I 
am today. I thank you for being there for me but I am 
especially sorry for the large phone bill, God bless 
you both. Quinn, Coley, I'm glad you were here with 
me, it was always nice to have a brother to talk to. I'll 
miss you and all the trouble we've caused. John, 
we're like brothers. You're a true friend and you will 
always be one, just remember all our late night talks 
and the rack monster. To the swim team, I'll miss 
those swim trips and our friendship. Just remember 
when you're tired and practice is hard , . , LIFES A 
BEACH! and have a Ala Feddler Day!! 

Steven Tyrone Dorsey 

Army — Economics 
Baltimore, Maryland 


1985 Gary McClelland, Mac; T.D. 
1991 Todd Thompson;T2; Human Torch 

Varsity Basketball; Promaji Club 

It's hard to believe that it is over. It has been 4 yrs of 
trials and tribulations, and yet, odd as it may 
seem, they passed before I had a chance to think. I 
want to say I made it on my own, but I know if it were 
not for my friends, it would never be possible. My rat 
roommates and lifetime friends R. Hill.M. Wood.M. 
Mayo, Mark, Kevin W.,JP,Manute, Lenin — thanks 
for all your help and support. I love you guys, so keep 
in touch. Dina, we had a lot of rough times I know, but 
thanks for making me hang in there all those nights 
when I wanted to leave. It was worth it. My room- 
mates Pete, Mike, and Hoop, thanks for inviting me to 
live with you and for helping to make life here a little 
more bearable. God Bless you and keep in touch. Ste- 
ve,you know what I think of you. You know you'll 
always be a — to me, but take care and don't forget 
me "Freaky." Steph, Junior, and Terry, my best 
friends in the world, thank you for being there all the 
time. What else can I say — I love you.Last.but defin- 
ately not least, Mom and Dad. Words can't explain 
what I'm feeling now. You were always there even 
when I didn't deserve you. You supported me more 
than I ever thought anyone could. When I think of all 
the Herculean Efforts that you made to drive down 3 
times a week to watch me play, not caring if I did well 
as long as it was my best. You made numerous sacri- 
fices and I love vou with all mv heart. 

1985 Mike Herndon, Moe, Rex, Lamont 
1991 Greg Fitz, Joe, Royce, Evan 

First Class 147 


Thomas Charles Doupnik 

Doup, Chuck 
Special Student-EE 
Richlands, Viginia. 

Pi-.tol Team 4. 3. 2, 1; S-5 Tour Guide 3: Honor 
Guard 1. Lshcr I; Bahamas Trip 85; "Europe on 
S5.45 per Day" — 86,87; Unknown 88; 335 ABC 
Bowling Rep 86. 

Four years into this little space..? It seems almost 

Looking back. I see only the good times. The pain 
fades away in time. My strongest friendships were 
born, fermented, and solidified in difficult and pain- 
ful limes. I know that these friendships can never be 

I've learned much about myself and others. I learned 
to appreciate the simple things in life; a hot shower, a 
beautiful sunset, a private bathroom, a swim and 
brew at Goshen, and home cooking ... By learning 
to appreciate the simple, I came to really be thankful 
for the special events in my life; my loving parents, 
Mireille, a girl from Amsterdam who showed me the 
real meaning of a Ratline, Gretchen, who made my 
Second Class year second to none, my Brother Rats 
who have pulled me through the tough times, and my 

.After graduation, I will: 
Al; Give you a truck supply of 7-Up. 
Frank; Late study with you one more time. 
Dan; Get you a rebel flag, shot gun, Willey Nelson 

Hambo: Put out 307f, as usual; Get you a new bottle. 
Urt; Get vou some real comic books. Just wait. HA 

Dykes — 19S5 Richard Flanary 

— 1991 Ju-Chi Pan "Peter Pan" 

John Leonard Doyle Jr. 


Army-EN, Minor:Psyc 
Richmond, Virginia. 

Dean's List 2. I; Distinguished Military Student 1; 
Pvt. 4, 2, I ; Cpl 3; Baseball 4; English Society 1; Tour 
Guide 4, 3; Illegal Car Club 3, 2; Mattis Curse Survi- 
vor 3. 2, 1; Honorary Radford Student 3, 2; VPI 
Resident 1. 

If I had been asked to write my first class history 
right after having walked through Limits Gates on 
that dreadful day,Aug.l5, 1984, I think I would have 
started by quoting Napoleon and written "Veni, Vi- 
di,Vici."Well Aug. 15, 1984 was a very long time ago 
and my ideas and views about VMI have greatly 
changed. Therefore, I would like to borrow Napo- 
leon's theme and say "I camel saw,! learned." I 
guess you could say that I learned how to play "the 
Game;" VMI style. I learned how to live through 
some of the hardest times of my life, but at the same 
time I learned to thoroughly enjoy some of the best 
times as well. I also learned what a true friend is and 
how important they are. I learned how to incorporate 
Honor, lntegrity,and Self-discipline into my daily li- 
fe. What it boils down to is that through many trials- 
and tribulations, I've learned who John L. Doyle Jr. 
is. Kip, where do I begin'?How we ever became room- 
mates, I'll never know. Despite all the bumps and 
bruises, I enjoyed living with you. Believe it or not I 
learned a lot from you.some of which I'll never for- 
get. Good luck buddy,stay in touch. MKB thanks for 
the home away from home. You'll always be like a 
Brother to me. Mom and Dad, my words will never be 
able to express my thanks for all your love and sup- 
port. I love you. To my future wife, MFS. without you 
life seems almost pointless. I can't wait, it's going to be 
great! LOVE YOU MORE! 

1985 Tom Pullv 

1991 Edwm F. Murphy III 

Mark Gerard Doyle 

Doylemonster, Kram, Elyod 


Hayes, Virginia. 

Timmins Music Society; Free Association; 1930 X- 
Check Gang (Honorary Member); Pre-Law Society; 

We going through the machine mauvais is not forbid- 
den "Put on a face T.S. Eliot But thinking "when two 
million people a foolish thing" comes from dragged 
down by comfortably numb" "That which does not 
Nietzsche But shall not subdue us . . Pereant qui 
ante nos nostra dixerunt amid a place of tone be 
secret and exult, because of all things Known that is 
the most difficult" Yeats I owe a great deal to many 
people. To my friends (you know who you are) I can 
only give you my thanks. My teachers I can only give 
my dedication to use what you have taught me. To 
my parents I can give my love, which is pale com- 
pared to your sacrifice and support. 

Dykes — 1985 Perry Patterson 
— 1991 Richard Layton 

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Robert Linwood Draper 

Drapes, Drape Kid, Squamata 

Roanoke, Virginia. 

Football 4, 3; Soccer 2, 1; Bio Boys 4, 3, 2, 1; Virgin 

Well, I've hesitated writing this history about as long 
as I possibly could. 1 had hoped that some profound 
thoughts would come to mind and tie together these 
past four years of my life. Unfortunately, my mind is 
still blank as the taps deadline for this masterpiece 
quickly approaches. This space has to be filled, how- 
ever, and it's only fitting that I dedicate the remain- 
der of it to those persons who have carried me 
through thus far. Besides, the only people who truly 
appreciate and understand words written about a 
cadetship at VMI are the ones who wear the ring. 
First and foremost, I would like to thank my family, 
especially my mother and father, for the love and 
support in all its many forms. Those long phone con- 
versations and many milestraveled through Rock- 
bridge County will always be cherished. My rom- 
mates. Mark and Dan, must be mentioned next. 
Without their guidance and support, this place might 
have gotten the best of me. I wish you two the best of 
luck in the future. Finally, 1 would like to thank the 
class of '88. The friendships I have made here and the 
good time we have enjoyed can never be replaced. 

Dykes — 1985 Kirk Ring 

— 1991 Tom Harmon 

Jason Dudjak III 

"Jujo, Gootzer, Jase" 

Air Force-CE 
Clearwater, Florida. 

Air Force Scholarship; RiOe Team 4, 3, 2, 1; VMI 
Commanders 4; Cadet Assistant 2, 1; Engaged 1; 
ASCE 4, 3, 2, 1; Motivated Civil Engineer 2, 1 

There comes a time in a person's life when he is held 
accountable for his actions. This is one of those times. 
In my four years of VMI I recall many nights ending 
after 1:00 AM. 1 also remember many restrictions 
placed on me by the institute that I did not particu- 
larly enjoy (Third class fire works = 10-6-30.) 
Amidst all my complaining, I must say that 1 have 
gained an excellent education in more ways than just 
academics. I will leave VMI with the enlightenment 
in the field of engineering to build my life upon. May 
I use this knowledge to the best of my ability. 
I wish to thank certain people for making my stay at 
VMI easier: 









And I wish to give special thanks to my fiance, 
BELINDA R. BOYD, who joined me in my struggle 
third class year. 

Dykes — 1986 David Tyler 

— 1991 Matt "Beanpole" Perkins 

Brian Keith Durham 

Pretty Boy, "BD," "BK" 


Matoaca, Virginia. 

Football 1; Baseball 1,2; BIO-BOYS; 12 MAN vs. 
Citadel; 348 CLUB; Rod & Gun Club Treasurer 

College? Not really. Military'? Definitely not! Well, 
why did I come here' I really don't know, but I'm 
glad I did. I think I could have had a better time at 
UVA or E&H, but I'm hoping that the sacrifice will 
pay off in the end. And I stress the word pay!! VMI 
forced me to appreciate the little things that most 
people overlook; a 24 hour weekend, a green slip from 
my girl, etc. and I especially want to thank RAYE. 
You're the greatest! Thorpe, Roy, Matt, Hoop. Jim, 
BP, Drape, Ron — w/o you guys, I don't know what 
I would have done. Keep in touch. Mom and Pop — 
you put me through with no complaints and I hope 
you're proud. I could not ask for better. Luv ya!; 
Greg — go to a big. normal, university so we can 
compare when we get old. Whenever I get depressed, 
I can just think of all the good times we will have 
after 1 get out. You're a great guy and I'm glad to 
have a brother like you. Hang in there. 
I've got 40 1/2 hours to go until I get my sheepskin in 
May, so I have a rough road. I have no choice. Bubba 

— thanks for always being there. My roomies; Brad, 
Tony, Drew, this last year will be fun. Sharon & Fred 

— you're the greatest. Grandma & Grampa — 1 love 

RAS — even though you're a hoo, I still love you. 
The real world terrifies me, but I can't wait to get out 
in it! Good-bve VMI. 

Dykes — 1985 W.G. Rowlett 

— 1991 Mike George, Wade Shelden 

First Class 149 

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William Ray Dyer 

Raybo,Raymo, Dyer, Driver 

Sterling, Virginia. 

Pvt. 4, Cpl 3; Pvt/Sgt 2; 3rd Pit Ll. I; Naval Avia- 
tors Club 4. 3; NROTC Scholarship 4, 3, 2, 1 ; ASME 
4, 3. 2, 1; NAIVE 4. 

Brian Patrick Egloff 

Eggs, Eggy, Schmegma, Darwin, 


Commack, New York. 

Fencing 1; Private 4, 3, 2. 1; 136 Club \: Radical 
Republican Club; Bio Boys 4, 3, 2, I; Nerf Ball 
Manufacturer; Pre Law Society 1; Dean's List; 
Landlord, Carrol Hall 3, 2, I. 

Joseph Donald Elie 


Marlborough, Massachusetts. 

Academically Extinguished 4, 3. 2. 1; Sular Bush 
Roadster 2, 1; Cadre 4, 3, 2, 1; Semper Fidelis Soci- 
ety; Trident Society; Hotel Company Commander. 

It is hard to sit down and write a history of my 
experience at VMl because it is one that I don't think 
can be expressed in words alone. It has definately 
changed my life and the way I look upon things. 
Would I do it again if I had the chance? . . . I'm glad 
I did it. but no, I wouldn't do it again. 
To my parents, I would like to thank you both for 
your everlasting support and love; which without my 
life would not have much meaning. I love you. 
To Delisa, for which I would never have known the 
meaning of love. Thank you precious for always be- 
ing there, I love you with all my heart. 
To Daniel, your friendship and devotion has made an 
embedded mark in my life. Only you could under- 
stand. See you man, you're always on the go! 
To James, thanks for being there. You are the true 
definition of a friend. 

"Through these fields of destruction baptisms of fire, 
I've watched all your suffering, as the battles raged 
higher and though they did hurt me so bad, in the 
fear and alarm. You did not desert me, my brothers 
n arms." 
To Al, Matt. John, and all my friends, I'll miss you 

"Help us someone let us out of here, cause we been 
here so long undisturbed dreaming of the time we 
were free, so many years ago. before the time when we 
first heard welcome to the home by the sea "Genesis, 
Home By The Sea. 

How do you sum up such an interesting voyage?I 
hope I can retain the lessons I've learned here and the 
friendships that helped me drive on. You guys were 
my brothers. Now it's time for VMl to let me go. Th- 
anks to my Mom for her patience and support. To 
Ron, you're a great roommate and an even better 
friend.Good Luck.TKO keep in may be 
gone but not forgotten. Joe, learn well and perserver- 
e.To everyone else that got me through this place 
thanks for the support. I can honestly say I wouldn't 
have made it without you. Lance, "I'll knock your 
head off, you're a good man. keep in touch. There are 
a lot of weekends still left.One last goodbye.the Flori- 
da Ave gang, you were the friends of my youth, 
thanks for the memories, yeah, even you Jen. The Bio 
Boys, you guys kept me young in a place that tried to 
make me grow up. You're crazy, and saved my sani- 
ty. I'm going to miss you. Finally to the wise sages in 
the Bio. Dept., thanks for the insight. 
The best times I've had were here and so were the 
worst. The most humiliating and the won't 
be as easy as I had thought to let go,but I'm sure I'll 
manage. Bye-Bye VMI.Hello Law School. 

We turn away to face the cold, enduring chill 

As the day begs the night for mercy 

Your sun so bright it leaves no shadows, only scars 

Carved into stone on the face of earth 

The moon is up and over One Tree Hill 

We see the sun go down in your eyes 

You ran like a river to the sea 

Like a river to the sea 

And in our world a heart of darkness, a firezone 

Where poets speak their hearts, then bleed for it 

Jara sang his song a weapon, in the hands of love 

You know his blood runs like a river to the sea 

Like a river to the sea 

I don't believe in painted roses or bleeding hearts 

While bullets rape the night of the merciful 

I'll see you again when the stars fall from the sky 

And the moon has turned red over One Tree Hill 

We run like a river to the sea 

Like a river to the sea 


Dykes — 1985 Steve Wynn 
— 1991 Tim Janeway 


1985 Rob Chapman 
1991 Joe Sokolowski 


1985 Scott Joseph Medeiros 
1991 Michael S. Morris 



Shawn Paul Evans 

Stinky, Ivanic LL, Spaz, Bat, Chicago 



Olympia Fields, Illinios. 

VMI Theatre 4, 3, 2, 1, Posit Committee 3, 2, 1; Cpl. 
3; Sgt./ 1 St Sgt. 2; Bat. S- 1 1 ; RCTS Board Member; 
Cadet Asst. VMI Museum 3, 2, 1; Timmons Society 
2; Tech Director VMIT 3, 2, President VMIT & 
Posit Committee 1 . 

If "All the worlds a stage" then I am not only a 
player but I will also build it. VMI has helped give 
me the tools necessary to do and become whatever I 
set my mind to. The discipline and sacrifice which I 
dread, has enhanced my ability to succeed in life. 1 
didn't make it alone. Mom and Dad, you have been 
great parents and friends. I love you. My roommate 
Sev, thanks. Greg Stephen, Eric, you have all made 
VMI that much more worthwhile and fun. The The- 
atre kept me sane. Thanks Joellen, Doc, and Staffs. I 
also want to thank the Studwells for my home away 
from home, Judy and the museum, and everybody in 
the county who has made a difference, and Nancy. 
Not many people chose to do things the hard way, 
but I always have done what I felt was right for me. 
VMI is what I wanted to do and I have accepted its 
challenge. I am frequently called a nice guy or a 
gentleman, but that is what 1 wanted to be and will 
always be. VMI hasn't changed me, rather it has 
helped me develop who and what I am. I gave myself 
many and I have met and achieved many of them. 

Dykes — 1985 Kurt Minne (another III. Boy) 
— 1991 Steve Abby 

William Neal Felty 

Cone, Feltyhead, Chief Moe 
Air Force-CE 
Tabb, Virginia. 

Football 4, 3, 2, 1; Indoor Track 4, 2, 1; 
Track 4, 2, 1; ASCE 

"1 would like to thank all the people who helped me 
make it through this place. I especially would like to 
thank my parents and my football Big Brothers for 
their help and motivation. Good luck to my dyke with 
our adventures here at VMI and to Terry well see you 
next year." 

This is a history from the 85 Bomb. Neal is included 
in here, because it is a tribute to our dykes who are 
present this year. 

Good Luck to you all. 

Dykes — 1982 Curtis Johnston 
— 1991 

Christopher Kenneth Finwood 

Finny, Fin 
Special Student-EN 
Hampton, Virginia. 

Glee Club 4; Monogram Club 3, 2, 1; Fellowship of 
Christian Atheletes 3, 2, 1 ; Varsity Baseball 4,3,2,1; 
All Southern Conference 4, 2, 1; Captain Baseball 

I guess I've been skeptical and had mixed opinions 
about VMI since I arrived here. I saw all my friends 
having a great time at other schools while I was 
struggling with the discipline and academics ao the 
Institute. As each year passed though I have grown 
and realized that VMI doesn't make you better, rath- 
er it makes you make yourself better. All the strug- 
gles help to make me appreciateappreciate the small 
pleasures in life a little bit more. Dad, you told me 
that nothing worth a damn ever came easy, well it 
wasn't easy, but thanks to your support I made it. 
Drew, Joey, and Bobby, good luck with your lives. 
You are great guys. Especially you Drew. I can't 
count the times you've helped me out. To the Base- 
ball Team. I hope you guys have learned something 
from my example on the field. I think we've all come 
a long way, together. Coach Maini, thanks for put- 
ting it all together for us this year. I guess when its all 
over, I'll look back and be thankful to have had this 
chance to grow up the hard way. The lessons I've 
learned, and the people I've met will will not be easily 
forgotten. I guess all that is left to say is thanks VMI. 

Dykes — 1985 Bert Saunders 
— 1991 Mike Kelly 

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Todd Freiwald 

Robert A. Gardner Jr. 

Jim. Jimbo. Flo. Lou Jr.. Scooby, Sap 


Yarmouth. Massachusetts. 



San Diego. California. 

Stretch, B.C., Bobby G. 


Marietta. Georgia. 

Pvi. 4; Cpl. 3; Sgt. 2; Lf 1: English Soc, 4. 3. 1. I: 
\ MI Firerighters 4. 3. 2. 1; Trident Society 2. 1; 
Naval Aviators 2. Treasurer 1; Semper Fideiis Soci- 
ety 4; Ring Figure Committee 3, 2; Chaos 2, 1. 

Football 4, 3. 2, 1 ; Semper Fideiis Society 4, 3; Pistol 
Team 2; Heavy Metal Headbangers 4, 3. 2, I; He 
Man Woman Haters Club 4, 3. 2. I; Order of the 
New Breed 4, 3. 2, 1 

The Giles H. Miller. Jr. '24 "Most Outstanding 
Sophomore" Award; Varsitv Basketball 4, 3. 2. 1; 
Pvt, 4. 3, 2, I. 

First of all. I have to remember to thank Mom and 
Dad. Without their support and understanding never 
would have made it. 

With that out of the way. the only other people I 
would like to give special attention to arc those four 
off-beat guys that were lucky enough to have me as a 
roommate for the last couple of years. Well. I guess 
I'll start off slow and try to work my way to some sort 
of dramatic climax. Let's see . . . Dave-zzz Huh'? oh 
sorry! Well, that was a slow start. Anyway. John — 
you and I always had similar problems and were able 
to discuss them: girls, you can't live with them, and 
you can't shoot 'em! Moving right along . Chris 
and Cloyd. well what can I say'? Without all of your 
CHAOS and "Bool-sheet." 1 probably would have 
kept my sanity. And all those thjings you accuse me 
of Well, what about you?! Seriously though. I 

would like to thank each of you for adopting me into 
your little family. You never let me take this place 
too seriously. As Buffet put it. "If we weren't all 
crazy, we'd all go insane." 

I know there was no real climax, but I'll skip ahead to 
the resolution, anyway. Although my press up the hill 
of science might not always have been with noble 
emulation. I've finally made it to the top. Thanks to 
all in '88. and good luck! 

Special Thanks to Coach King and Mr. and Mrs. 
Wentz. For all you do. this Buds for you! Any way. I 
stayed. Be it motivation or stupidity. Probably more 
on the motivation side. 

I guess you could say it has been a long, hard four 
years at VMI. but matriculation day seems like only 
yesterday. VMI has taught me a lot of things about 
life that no other college could have offered. Even 
though I might have missed out on what real college 
life is like. I would not trade it for the friends I have 
made and the goodtimes I have experienced. I'd like 
to thank my basketball coaches for their help and 
Colonel Monsour for all the support and guidance he 
has offered me in these last four years. Dad. Mom. 
Sis. and Grandparents I don't even know where to 
start in thanking you for all you have done. You all 
have done everything a cadet's family can do. I hope 
I've made you all proud. Eric, thanks for everything, 
good luck in the future and I hope we keep in touch. 
I'm finally out of here, God bless. 

1985 Brent Harder 
1991 Tim Cook 

Dykes — 1985 Tom Nolsch 

— 1991 Mike Burton. Wade Hawkins 

Dykes — 1985 Cedric Wins 
^ 1991 Heath Wells 



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David Russell Gibbings 

Young Dave, Dr. G 


Virginia Beach, Virginia. 

Rat 4; Duty Cpl 3; Sgt 2; Pvt I; Dean's List 4; 
Academically Distinguished 3, 2, 1; VP Engineering 
Society 1; Radford Weekend Student 3, 2, 1; Beer 
Run Specialist 3, 2, 1; Dave's Basement Party 2; 
Arrogant & Unsensitive 4, 3, 2, 1. 

Andrew McDonald Gillespie 

Andy, Diz 

Air Force-EE 

Lexington, Virginia. 

Rat 4; Cpl 3; S-2 Sgt 2; 2nd Batt. S-2 Lt. 1; Varsity 
Golf Team 4, 3, 2, l(Capt); IEEE 2, 1; Zoo 21; 
Engineering Society 2, l(Sec); Eta Kappa Nu 2, 
l(Sec/Treas); Monogram Club 2; Acad. All Ameri- 
can 2. 1 ; Acad. Dist. 3; Dean's List 4, 3,2, I ; ROA 1 . 

John Marston Gillespie 

Tool, J iz,Sulu,Bassalope, Scruff Puppy 


Bedford, Virginia. 

Cpl. Sgt, Pvt; Cadre 3, 2; Head Intramural Sgt; 
ASCE 2, 1; Va. State Cadet 3; Eng. Student Council; 
Cadet Computer Asst I; S-5 staff 4. 3. 2, 1; Pistol 
Team 2, 1; VMI Recruiting 2, 1; Firefighters 3, 2, 1; 
Flood Relief Boozers 3; College Republicans; Tanker 
Pit 3. 

Some came to VMI for the challenge, some because 
they did not know any better, and some just did not 
have a choice. The VMI experience was not some- 
thing new. Something about a ten year old on six 
weeks confinement for missing the Sunday GP stick 
still doesn't seem right. After all I always thought it 
was two months. 

So, now I would like to thank all of those who made 
my experience what it was. To the baldman and 
frumples and the tailgate crew. To all my grandpar- 
ents who financed my fun and watched all those 
parades. To all the Pagoda crowd, Brewthru, Bo 
Fatchild, Dave and Dan, and most of all Mongo who 
survived four whole years of arrogance and unsensiti- 
vity. Most of all here is to Goldie who put up with 
more than that. I couldn't have made it without you 
or those pictures. 

Throughout my four years at VMI I have had some 
interesting experiences. Rat year, of course, was the 
most unusual. Six months of having no hair and 
enduring that "character building" treatment. All 
the friendships made during the past four years have 
made all the hardships worthwhile. I am sure this 
VMI experience will help everyone to succeed in the 
real world. 

To the members of the EE Zoo I'd like to say that our 
hard work has paid off, and I'm sure we will be able 
to sit down again without feeling the pain in a few 
years. Gregg and Eric; let's hope for some Air Force 
good deals! Jason, Gregg, Eric, Scott, Bobby and 
Cloyd; a rock-n-roll band in 10 years? As for Hugh, 
Phil, Bob, Drew, Fuzz, Buff, Mark, Chris and the rest 
of the Echo Company crew, thanks for all the good 
times, especially Rat year. I'd also like to thank Mr. 
and Mrs. Clark for the home away from home. 
Good luck to my brother, Tom, and Congrats on your 
new lifestyle — take care! Just keep pushing yourself 
Dave — when you get the ring, you will be over the 
hump. Finally, I'd like to thank my parents for all 
their support over the years. I Love You !! 

Blood Donor 4. 3. 2. 1; Hokie/Bulldog Patrol 3; 
Scuba Club I; Rod & Gun Club 1; J.M. Hall Ghost- 
busters 3; Sgt Lane's Rangers 2; Barracks Burners 3, 
2; Club 63; Sweetbriar 3; MBC 2; Elevator Operator 
2; VMI Commuter Student 2; Shoney's Inn Stock- 
holder 2. I; Interstate Block Runners 2; "Vice 
Night" 3, 2, I; Founding Member of the Society of 
the Rose; Texas Tavern Millionare Club; Academi- 
cally Undistinguished 4, 3, 2, 1; Summer Scholar 4, 
3; Midnight Engineer 1; High on Stress I; Pessimist 4, 
3, 2, I; Illegal Car Club 4, 3, 2. 

To all those people who never understood me and 
never will, but tried anyway: I came to this place I 
still know not why? A moth and a fiame, perhaps? 
But once I put my time in, there was no backing out. 
Being of my nature I seldom say "Thank you" but 
now that the cycle has come full circle I owe many 
people much more than those two simple words. To 
my family: despite the hardships at home I love you 
one and all. To all the girls who have helped me 
endure it here: I couldn't have made it without your 
love . , . especially you Roxanne!!! To Steve. Ed, 
Tomas, Tony, Carl, Kevin, Mike, Dan and Shawn: 
you guys will never be forgotten . . . 
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." A 
Tale of Two Cities. 


1985 Stewart Taylor 
1991 Ha-Ha! 

Dykes — 1985 Mike Milligan 
— 1991 Dave Conforti 


1985 Steve Eubank 

1991 Billy Canedo, Brad Davis 

First Class 153 


Ronald Varian Gillespie 

The "Diz", Dizzy, Rambo Diz 

Special Student-EC 
Old Tappan, New Jersey. Exit 18 

Bomb Advertisement Manager 2; Bomb Business 
Manager I; Rackborne Ranger 3. 2, 1. 

1 finally made it! These past four years has put me to 
a test of seeing if I could handle anything that came 
up. I learned to pul myself out of a lot of hard times. 
That's how I basically received my nickname. "The 
Diz". I had to put the bad times behind me and push 
forward. Sometimes I had to joke about the bad 
times, which didn't make any sense to anyone. The 
best times were shared with my good friends. They 
know who they are. but the nucleus of these good 
people are Brian, Paul, Previs, Mike, and Don. I can't 
forget Dan. 

Also I cannot forget my family. Thanks Mom and 
Dad for your patience with my GPA. Thank.s Dave 
and Peggy for your guidance. Alan and Donna for 
being around for me to talk to. Jennifer, my little 
"baby" sister, thanks for the drawings. They made 
my days brighter. 

To my Brother Rats: Good luck in your persuits. May 
you get what you want. 

Lance Oilman 

Turbo, G-Dog, G-Man, Wildman, LGD 

Army-EC/International Studies 

Bangor, Maine. 

Martial Arts (VP) 3;VM1 Theatre "Guys and Dolls" 
— Benny South — street 3;Glee Club 3;High Hopes 
For Next Fall Semester Abroad To Singapore;Intl. 
Studies Program 2;lnvestment Club Participant 2; 
Club 348, 4;The Cave 344 (Spokesman). 

Life wasn't easy as a rat. But how could one forget 
Haynes.Lurby.Beck & Myron?It was trying but we 
all made it through except for Danny who got the 
short end of the stick. Looking back & remembering 
Lurby trying to pick up women & order Big Mac's at 
a subshop;and,in states of complete inebriation, mak- 
ing futile attempts to surf.are times I won't soon 
forget. 3rd class year the club broke up. I found myself 
in a room with Derenzo(Dejerome),Cantrell(Re- 
d),and Jacobsen.The representatives of The Cave 
grew to be Brothers. Events of 3rd class year are 
numerous. They include:DJ power puking at L!Va & 
the trip to Duke;getting tough with Poncho & Clark 
on the Board;the Kentucky trip(Sterling Beer excur- 
sion). 3rd class year also gave time for Mike Bryant & 
I to make some pretty crude sayings, like 
"Butplug".lt also was the time Jasper & I made up 
morality questions:is it ok to give a man serving a life 
sentence in prison travel brochures?2nd class year I 
was on sabatical & DJ left never to return — greatest 
dude I'll ever meet. Now Fni back & rooming with 
Myron, Eggs. P Eddie(our lizard).! have only one 
thing to say, I'll knock your heads offll love you Mom 
& Dad. "Time it was & what a time it was. It was a 
time of innocence, a time of confidences. Long ago it 
must be I have a photograph. Preserve your 
they're all that's left you." P. Simon. 

Christopher Thomas Goerner 

Dutch, Lips, Mr. Goernermeier 


Doylestown, Pennsylvania. 

Honor Court I; Regimental S-5 1; Religious Council 
3. 2. 1; Officers Christian Fellowship 3, 2, 1; Dean's 
List 4, 3, 2, ?; Cadre 3, 2, I; Tiki Train 2, 1; Ring 
Figure Decoration Committee 2; Teresa 3, 2, 1. 

" and what does the Lord require of you but to do 
justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with 
your God?" — Micah 6:8 

I don't think anyone can look back over the last four 
years and say it was easy, and yet I don't think 
anyone would say it wasn't worth it. We all leave this 
place with something more than what we came with 
— a sense of honor and three hundred brothers. 
The saying "no one makes it through VMI alone" is 
no exageration. Thank you. Mom and Dad, for al- 
ways being there with love and support. You deserve 
to wear the ring as much as I do, because you were 
with me every step of the way. And you too, Theresa, 
for all the encouragement and understanding of the 
last three years. Thank you. 

Finally, to my roommates and my Brother Rats . . . 
Lord knows we only made it through this place by 
leaning on each other. You taught me what true 
friendship is all about. Thanks, BR's. Here's to us, 
the Class of '88. See vou at the reunions. 

Dykes — 1985 Paul "The Animal" Marsenison 
— 1991 Dan "The Man" DiCesare 


1985 Todd Thornes 

1992 Unknown As Of Yet 

Dykes — 1985 Adam Babcock 
— 1991 Rich Williams 




Jonathan Christopher Goff 

Goffster, TopFlite. 
Dallas, Texas. 

Tanker Pit. 4; Ranger Pit. 3; inlr. Boxing 2; Royal 
Military College of Science 2; Red Square/reeper 
Bahn Recon Team 2; Order of the New Breed 2, 1; 
USMC Scholarship — 4yrs. Illegal Wpns Club 3. 2; 
Pistol Team 3, 2; Deans list 4, 3, 2; Cpl. 3; Cl.Sgt, 2; 

I came to VMI to be an Officer of Marines. I have 
achieved that goal, and more: VMI has given me 
more than just a commission. It has shown me that 
giving is much more important than receiving; for 
when I gave of myself, I received that kindred bond 
sought by many, but aquired by so few. We, as Broth- 
er Rats, have this gift for life. For many of us, the 
world has been our textbook during our cadetship 
here. We will soon be apart of what we see around us, 
Wayne! Where will we be years from now? Chad, 
Mozambique, or will we be renting a Hertz car or 
crawling out of subs on the Angolan Coast? Remem- 
ber, Brother Rats . , . It's out there. Meet it where 
you can and defeat it when you can. It's knocking on 
our back door. And it's wearing a red star on its 
helmet. — Totsiens. 

"The SS man's basic attitude must be that of a fight- 
er for fighting's sake; he must be unquestioningly 
obedient and become emotionally hard; he must have 
contempt for those who do not belong to the order; ; 
he must feel the strongest bonds of comradeship with 
those who do belong; particularly his fellow soldiers, 
and he must think nothing impossible" — WSS 
Thanks Dave 

Dykes — 1985 David P. Wood 

— 1991 Mike Cesser; Steve Henry 

Gregory Churchill Gooch 

"Gooch, Sham-a-lam, Gooch Monster" 

Air Force-EN 

Dublin, Virginia. 

Bomb 4, 3, Rat Editor 4, Corps Editor 3; Religious 
Council 4, 3, 2; Scouters Club 2, President 2; Tim- 
mins Society 3, 2, 1, President 1; 1988 Ring Figure 
Magazine Editor 2; Barracks Interior Decora- 
tor Chairman 2, I; Total Design Founder/President; 
Hollins Regular 4, 3, 2, 1. 

With the end ot my college career comes a lot of fond 
& not so fond memories of this institute known as 
VMI. When all the good deals & bureaucratic double 
talk flowed from within,! wondered if it was really 
worth the hassle & time expended in surviving.! real- 
ize now that it is your BR's & the good times that gel 
you through. Rolo & Richard, after 2 1/2 years,! 
couldn't have asked for better roommates. We've got- 
ten drunk, decorated at Christmas, partied at Hollins 
& started our own company. Without your backing. 
Total Design might still be a dream. Dad & Mom, 
you've supported me in everything I've done. I may 
not have been perfect, but I tried & that's the best I 
could Sunshine. Lee, thanks for being there. Kathy 
.you're a wonderful sister.Shore, you were always 
there when I needed you, thanks for three wonderful 
years! Apollo, Champ, Thorpe. Mike, Head & Jim, 
thanks for being friends!Steve, we had aboutevery 
class together & had a lot of fun, including tag team 
note taking, take care of Wanda. If I take nothing else 
away from this place, other than my honor, it will be 
the memories of the fun we had together & apart as 
the Class of '88. BR's, remember"Boys will be Boys" 
&"Getting there isn't half the fun, it's all the fun- 
!"God Bless us all, for He gives us the strength to 
carry on. As Robert Frost said,".. I have many 
miles to go before 1 sleep"& so do I. 

Eugene Thomas Gormley 

Guy, G.Gdog, Mugger, Stinky, Whiner 


Phoenicia, New York. 

CWRT 4, 3, 2, Pres. 1; Glee Club 4, 3 , 2; Football 
Manager 3; Fencing 4; M.B.C. 3. 2 , 1; Get Fresh 
Crew 3, 2, I; Dean's Other List 4 , 3, 2, 1; Academi- 
cally Extinguished 4, 3, 2, 1; Pvt 4, 3 , 2, I; National 
Potato Awareness Club 4, 3, 2, 1 

First of all, I would like to thank my parents for 
making this journey possible. Most of all I would like 
to thank my mother, whose support for me never 
failed even when I had given up on myself. Dad, you 
are one micro sec behind Mom.Again.Thank you, 
without you I would have never made it four years at 
the "Mother I"; something I know now was the great- 
est accomplishment I've done. Sarah you know how I 
feel about you. You also know I wouldn't have 
stayed. Thank you for all the support this year. You 
made the difference between dispair & bliss. Also I 
would like to thank you for all the other support you 
gave me since 3rd class year (you know what it 
is). Now 1 get sentimental about the "I". When 1 left 
high school my senior quote was "Life is the greatest 
of all games play it with wisdom, courage, & loyalty."! 
didn't know then what that meant.! know now.thats 
what VMI taught me. How to play the game,& do it 
well. At limes ! felt I wasted my time here,! was 
wrong. What ! learned here will stay with me forever 
& was the best preperation for life ! could get. So ! 
apologize for all the things ! said about VlVll & thank 
you for my education. Last, but not least, 
Mike, Trace. & Larm, think 4 years is much too short a 
time to live together. Thanks for the memories & stay 
in touch.! leave here with a heavy heart but no re- 
grets. The cycle moves on & its time to get on with 
my life. Good-bye. 


198!; Mathew S. Brown, !! 
1991 Martin J. Hawks 


1985 Terry Fields 
1991 James Kendall 

First Class 155 

mmmmms^ mmm&mmmMmmmM 

Robert Lee Gowan III 

Rob. R.E.L., Hollywood. Tex. Gow 

Houston, Texas. 

[ ootball :, .V Rugby 2; AUSA 1; English Society 1; 
'loung Republicans, 2, 1 ; Pre-Law Society 1 ; FCA 4. 
3; Rod and Gun Club 2. 1; Cadre 1; Honor Review 
Board 1; Ratline Review Committee 1; Belligerent 
Souls 1: Rat 4. Pvt 3. 2; I. Co. Executive Officer 1st 
It 1 

The VMl experience means somethmg different to 
each man who passes through limits gates. It was 
hard for me to leave what 1 had back home and come 
to a place like VMl. However, 1 look back now and 
have no regrets. Through the ratline, football, rugby, 
and academics it has been a long four years. I have 
learned a lot from my experiences at VMl and have 
benefitted immensely. Because of VMl, I have had 
the oppurtunity to make some great friends. I wish 
them the best. To my roomate Robert: He is one of 
the best dudes 1 know. VMl is a great place and 1 
support it's ideals. Finally. 1 would like to thank God 
for my family and their support. I love them all very 
much. I hope 1 have made them proud. 

Dykes — 19S.S David I,. Brennan 
— 1991 Eric H. Burks 




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Wilber T. Gregory III 

"Rub". "Rubly". "Watermelon Head". 


Fort Richardson. Alaska. 

RugbN.I; Run for Rack,3, 2, 1; Club AFT,2; Cave 
Dwellers,3, 2, 1; Pvt,3, 2. 1; Plt.Lt.k Goucher Col- 
lege Regular, 1; ASME,4, 3. 2, 1 

Impressions and cross sections of my life at VMl: 
"dynamics & Your GPA" bv Col Taylor. How do 
you spell releiH-R-A-C-K-L-A-B. "We're Only Hu- 
man" — Tom in REM stage. All "study breaks" 
weren't created equal! ROTC Summer Camp, 
"Camp Ail-American 1987" — the big joke. "Wild 
wild about Anchorage ..." No! Not another 
computer program! A terrible 18th B-day. A wonder- 
ful 21st B-day. Pork "Chuck-let" at Crozet. "Yoos 
cheatin yoos bodies gentlemen." — Sgt. Lane on a 
fine spring afternoon on the parade deck. "It just 
doesnt matter" — Vic & I with a common philoso- 
phy. Everything is interrelated and conserved. It's 
been a pleasure supporting all of those coffee produc- 
ing countries out there! John and 1 chilling at Es- 
telle's. Calculator buttons. I'm "allright" — are you? 
"You may be whatever the Army wants you to be" — 
me. after reading my PMS write-up. "He's Rubly 
. . . he's wonderful he's magic . . . he's (ad-lib). " 
Hatheway, O'Buckley & Gregory acquire a total of 
30 demos, 4.5 months of barracks confinement. & 90 
Pt's on April 1st 1987. On a more serious side, it 
hasn't been an easy road here. I couldn't have made it 
here without the support I got from Mom & Dad. 
They were always there in my darkest limes & best 
times. It has been rough living so far away from the 
ones I love the most. There were the great times & 
there were the bad times — I've learned a lot about 
mvself here. Thanks VMl! 


1985 Jeff Lane 
1991 Kenneth Jung 


Jimmie Scott Griffea 

Grif. Grip, Pacman. Studly 

Woodbridge. Virginia. 

Pvt 4: Cpl 3; Sgt 2; Pvt 1 ; Summer school 2; Indoor & 
Outdoor Track 4, 3, 2, 1; Track Cap'n 1; Promaji 
Club 4, 3, 2, 1; Vice-Pres of Promaji 2: Monogram 
Club I; Insane 4, 3, 2. 1 

I can't beleive it is all over. I am very relieved. Since I 
have been at VMl. I have learned and gained so mu- 
ch. It is almost impossible to thank everyone who has 
inlTuenced me, but here it goes. Dad, you have been my 
biggest supporter and my greatest fan, I've aLso inher- 
ited your drive and I thank you for everything.Mo- have been the rock of the family and held us 
together with love. My have made the 
last three years bearable. Jud. you always look on the 
bright side of situations and you have a great enthusi- 
asm for life, and I'll always remember that. Joe. for 
some reason I enjoyed your sense of humor. I will 
remember you not for your military bearing but your 
kazoo noises. Greg, my rat roommate its been four 
long years. You appear to be a man without a care, 
laid back as hell, but I know you care alot. Drink up 
fellas it's over!"I" Co., you guys have created .some 
wild times, keep that spirit. To "The Boys" of the 
track team,one of the craziest groups of individuals 
put on this earth. Practice, the track meets. and every- 
thing would not have been the same without the 
crew.Room 1 16. Hang tough.every-one else GRAD- 
UATE and make it all worth while. But always keep 
in mind that "I am the BOY". Jeff & Mike.what ever 
you do. do it to your best ability. Alisa. you have let 
me see myself in a different way. I'll always love you 
for that. You're very special to me. 

1985 Todd M. Wood 

1991 Mike Naifeh Jeff Sauntrv 

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Christopher Gerald Hall 

Duper, Darren, Bushwacker, Ears 

Army Engr. — Civil Engineering 

Warren, Ohio 







Gregory James Hall 

Frankenberry, G.J., Greg 

Army — Electrical Engineering 

Daleville, Virginia 

Edward Allen Hannegan III 

None — Economics 
Powhatan, Virginia 

Corporal 3; 1st Sgt. 2; F Co. Commander I; Honor 
Court 1; Pres. VMI Theatre 3; Religious Council 
Sec. 2, Pres. l;OCF 1,2,3; Pres. OCF 1; ASCE 1.2, 
3, 4; Marine Corps Marathon 1, 2, 3; Tiki Train 1, 2; 
Hollins Women Lovers Society 1, 2. 

Dean's List 2, 1; Pvt. 4, Cpl. 3, Pvt. 2, Lt. 1, Member 
— Engineering Student Council; Member — IEEE; 
Hop and Floor Committee 4, 3. 2; Wrestling Team 2; 
1 2th man participant; Room 109 Occupant; Member 
of the Chaos Club with TAVI! 

Soccer 4, 2; Calc-One 4, 3, 2; Private 4, 3, 2, 1. 

To the Institute I leave four years of my life. It has 
been a period of maturing physically, mentally, and 
spiritually. As I look back, these have been the best 
years of my life. From sweatparties and a bald head 
to a firstclassman VMI has been my greatest chal- 
lenge thus far. 

To my brother rats I must give credit for my survival. 
You were always there when I needed you. Chris and 
Pete I owe you a special thanks. You were always 
brothers to me and for that I shall love you always. I 
must also thank my beloved company. F Troop never 
let your spirit die. 

Mom and Dad thank you for your faithfulness. It has 
only been by your prayers and love that I have made 
it this far. I love you very much. To Mark, Carl, and 
Jon, my older brothers, thank you for your commit- 
ment to Christ and the examples you set before me. 
Finally, I must give the greatest thanks to you Lord. 
You have been at my side every step of the way. Dear 
Lord I shall never let you go. Thank you Lord for my 
heritage. He has showed you, O Man, what good; and 
what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, 
and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your 
God? Micah G:8. They that wait upon the Lord shall 
renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings 
like eagles. They shall run and not grow weary 
Is40;31 Farewell and God Bless. Chris 

Ifs hard to believe that the countdown to graduation 

has come down to months instead of years. It's a 

wonderful feeling to look back on the past years and 

see how things change. However, this is only the 

beginning to a more hasty pace in the "Rat race" I 

hope we are ready for the challenges ahead. 

I am very grateful to my Mom and Dad for guidance 

and all the love necessary to make it in life. Also, my 

two brothers. Phil and Eric, have made life easier and 

more enjoyable. I love all of you very deeply even if I 

have failed to show it in the past. 

Last of all, but certainly not any less important, I 

would like to thank Sara for putting up with me and 

accepting my offer. I know it will work. I love you 

very much! 

Goodbye to all! ENJOY!! 

P.S. — Dave, Ed. and Mike — I hope we will never 

lose the relationships we have formed and that we 

will always stay in touch! Goodluck! 

Well its about time! It is early February and I still 
haven't written this thing. Well Dad, I still like to 
PROCRASTINATE. VMI failed in that respect, 
but overall it wasn't that bad. 
First and always first I would like to thank my par- 
ents. Ya'll were great. You know I couldn't have done 
it without you. Heck ya'll are even sending me here a 
fifth year, but that is nobodies fault but mine. Again 

Now let us get to the good stuff — my friends. The 
best thing about VMI are the ties a person can make 
with others. Yuck! Sounds pretty corny, but in 
everyway it's true. First there is Tom and Grant. 
These guys were my roommates for three years. 
Wow. what an experience! I just want to say a few 
things, you guys were terrific. It was really swell 
living with ya'll. I know you two are going to do a 
super job in the Real World. Then there is Ted. He 
was an added element to our threesome. Ted you are 
too cool for the Navy and thanks for the balance of 
power. I think CE is better than ME. You dudes have 
fun and good luck, you'll know where to find me so 
let's keep in touch. 

Mom. Dad. Allison, and Duncan, thanks for your 
support. I love ya'll so very much. The End. 


1985 Thomas R. Plowright 
1991 Rodger Wells 


1985 Jack Rose 

1991 Patrick Womack 


1985 Chuck McCarty 
1991 Chris Eubank 


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Christopher Michael Hannum 

Hambo, Opie, Squirrel 


Oley, Pennsylvania. 

Corporal 3; Rat Training 1; Rugby 4, 3, 2; Marine 
Corp Marathon 1 ; Illegal Car Club 2; M.E. Breakfast 
Club 4. 3, 2, I. 

Now that the end is in sight I'd like to say thanks 
Mom and Dad- Without your endless support I would 
have never made it. That goes for you also Grand- 
mom, Beth, Danny, and Parky Joe. 
To my Brother Rats, especially the plum run- 
/Panther Creek Gang. I haven't had a whole lot of 
fun but the fun I did have was with you. 
Dan, you've been my biggest pain in da butt, but most 
definately a close and dear friend. I'll miss you're 
company very much. Doup, what can I say but "Mit- 
terand" and I hope you keep in touch. Al, I hope that 
you find yourself flying in the years to come. I have 
learnd ed a lot from you over the years. Senior Man, 
where ever you are, I enjoyed being your X.O. and 
hope you have all the happiness the future can bring. 
Dave, I know your contracts up but, though maybe 
we could cut a new deal. Isakov, understand why you 
came here and strive to meet the goals you've set for 
yourself Most of all, thank you Karin for your under- 
standing and love; always. Thanks, to you all. 
Christopher M. Hannum 

Dykes — 1985 Dave Hunter 
— 1991 Chns Isakov 

Robert Delane Harris 

U-manj Mattdog 


Greensboro, North Carolina. 

Track 4, 3, 2, I; Promaji club 4, 3, 2, I; Monogran 
Club 3, 2, 1. 

The VMI experience has been a very rough one for 
me. But I survived all the tests it threw at me. ''The 
question is am I a VMI man? I don't know, I guess 
that is up to others to determine. I can say I am a 
VMI graduate and am damn proud of it! 
It's time for the madness to start. Beyond these walls 
there is a life and I am going to make up for the lost 
time. Party! To my roomates. Boot, Driplips, and 
Chilly Chuck, I lost my duty jacket but I won't lose 
the times we had. Good luck with your goals. Let's 
keep in touch. 

The important lady in my life, mother thanks for 
standing behind me when no other would. During the 
last 4 years you have been my biggest supporter I owe 
you more than words can explain. I love you last but 
not least. I'd like to thank the man whove because 
through his guidance 1 have endured and conquered. 

Dykes — 1985 Greg William 

— 1991 Tim Smith. Donovan McCaulev 

Brent Hisao Hashimoto 

Nip, Pineapple, Mongo, Lemon-Head. 


Wahiawa, Hawaii. 

Rat. Cpl, Sgt, ILt; Cadre 3, 2, 1; Fencing Team 4; 
Tanker Platoon 3, 2. I; J.A.W.W. — 57 3, 2, 1; 
Investment Club 1; Oreo Party 3, 2, I; NEB Bar and 
Grill 4. 3; Hawaiian Escape I. 

I came, I saw. It kicked my A-s! For four years we 
live under strict regiment. We are cloistered and 
bound. Separated from the rest of the world and live 
as so few choose to, voluntarily. We are a different 
breed, a little archaic and insane, but we overcome 
and excell. No person can make it on their own. 
Consilio et animis. 

Mom, Dad, I love you, I owe you two so much, all 
that you taught me, everything you did for me. I will 
make you proud, somehow. Wade, Marc, Sean, take 
care. I love all of you. 

Ed, Trent. Andy, you guys are the best. What can I 
say, we are roomates. We've lived together for three 
years and survived. That is a major feat by itself. 
Ring Figure, OREO's, attempts at answering life's 
questions, PT's confinement, the great times, the not- 
so-great times. Rag sessions. I don't think we could 
have had better roommates. Take care, always. 

PS — Rich Stan you've got a proud tradition. Do it 

Dykes — 1985 Mathew E. Nolen 

— 1991 Richard Williams, Stan Chien 

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158 First Class 



Brian Andrew Hatheway 

RoUas, Missouri. 

Pvt. 4, 3, Sgt 2, Pvt 2, 1 ; Tanker Pit 3.2,1; Armor 3. 
2; Infar\try 2; Armor 1; Airborne 2, 1; Glee Club 1; 
?Rotc Scholarship 3, 2, 1; OMS 1; Club '93 2. 1, 
Lush 4. 3. 2. I; ME 4. 3; CE 2. I; Directionless and 
dazed 4, 3. 2. 1; 

The distorted images I see through the brown glass 
— the mental haze of August '84; life in 400; why are 
they yelling at me'?; Diz and 1 in 102; home for 
Christmas — why has everything changed'?; how I 
discovered beer; South for Spring Break; Fat Tues- 
days — notice the telephone pole; life in 301; TD; 
Alicia and Radford; the Lexington weekend; come on 
Joe. we won't get caught: viscious razorblades; L.A. 
Spring Break; Christmas only comes once a year, and 
it's on March First; Ft. Benning — Oh no. I'm afraid 
of heights; long necks, black light, and summer 
school; life in 293; Bill and Ray; Bill and Tom: Brian 
irregularido you chew your ice'?: the right-hand rule 
Smirnoffs: who did I take to Ring Figure; Top. tank- 
er, and ROTC; Brian; What's study mean'? Joe: I 
don't know, you tell me; club 193 and 10-6-30 cubed; 
Bill. Why don't you take a study break'?; Camp All 
Bu — it or how to waste six weeks — Whoa, Whoa; 
Where am I going'?; Life in room 193; Tom, what's 
that on the ceiling'' Bill, why are you turning up the 
music'?: It's night, we have no head lights, -105 mph, 
my life flashed before my eyes, but what can I say'?; It 
ain't never over till the fat lady sings at your funeral. 

Dykes — 1985 I seem to have forgotten 
— 1991 Lee Chwan-jiin 

Peter Huffman Heisey 


Ft. Wayne, Indiana. 

Rifle Team 4. 3. 2. 1; Varsity Letter 3. 2, 1; Captain 

Thinking back on all of the late studies, long hours, 
and sunny days, 1 can only hope 1 left a mark on the I 
as big as the one it has left on me. 

Dykes — 1985 Rob Bass, Rick Sullivan, 
— 1991 Stretch, Black, Jeter 

John Paul Heslin 

Zip, Zipperhead, Zippy, Joko, +71 

Air Force-ME 

Chester, Virginia. 

Fire-Fighter 4, 3, 2; Rat Training 3, 2, PtI. Leader A 
Co: Sport Parachute Club 2; Arnold Air Society 3, 2; 
Dean's Honor List 4; Rugby 1; J.M. Hall Crew 3; 
Engaged 4, 3; Cave Dweller 4, 3. 

I reckon the only place to start this is at the end: 
Thank you. Mom and Dad, Pilar, and God — the 
only constants throughout my "VMI Education." 
My best memories are filled with the person who has 
never let me down: Pilar, who drove three hours to be 
here for every hop, game, Z- Party, or cook-out at 
Goshen. Ring-Figure: "What's a "Fuzzy Navel'"? 
"Look, Ma, no cavities!" Good luck. Goof. Cave 
dwelling and coffee-hounding with the other M.E. 
dogs will never be forgotten. "Rubley, where are 
you?" All 1 can say is, I wish we'd been there from 
the beginning. 

Lm proud of myself, but not satisfied. My potential is 
all but within my grasp, 1 pray I'm always striving for 
it — and someday, hopefully, I'll catch it and hand it 
back to Christ with a Heart-felt "Thanks." 
Confessions of a rack magnet; "I can't wait 'till this 
summer, it'll be like permanent hay-down!" "If you 
can't understand what I'm saying, you obviously 
haven't had enough coffee." "I feel like last Wednes- 
day's edition of "Wall Street Journal" fioating 
through the universe" — Rub Gregory 
Everything's Relative. 

Dykes — 1985 Alex Mason 

— 1991 Jamie "Beast" Weist 

First Class 1 59 


David Thomas Hickey 

Hickster, Hickmo, Hinkley, Leroy 

Army — EC 

Falls Church, Virginia. 

Paul Frederick Hicks Jr. 

Schmicks, Hicks, Octopus Hands 

Army — CE 

Valley Grove, West Virginia. 

Robert Lloyd Hildebrand 

Bob, Hildy, Plumeridge, Bullethead 

Marines EC 

Bridgewater, Virginia. 

Rugby 4, 3, 2, I; Match Seer; Society of Young 
Economistis 2, 1 Treasurer Vice President; VMI Fire 
Fighters 3, 2. I; Circle K 2. 1; Dean's List 3. 2, 1; 
Corporal. Seargeant. Lieutenant; SCSC 2; Comman- 
dant's A-V Crew I; Big Red Club 2, 1. 

CWRT4. 3, 2. l;Sec. 2, Treasurer I; Igloo Fral 2, I. 
Gvvccb Club 4, 3, 2. 1; Treasurer 2, President 1; 
Nerds 2; number One Club 2, I ; Club 4X 3. 2, 1 ; BSD 
4. 3, 2. I; Grub Private 4, 3. 2. 1; BOMB Asst. 1st 
Class Editor I; Firefighters 2, 1; PNCA 3, 2, 1; 
Tate's Prohibition 2. 

Cpl. 3; Pvt. 4. 2, 1; Marine Scholarship 1; Semper 
Fidelis Soc. 3. 2, 1 ; Bulldog 2; Rat Training Cadre 2. 
I ; New Market Honor Guard 3; Soc. of 'Voung Econ- 
omists 1 

"Oh Shenandoah. I long to hear you, away you roll- 
ing river." Admittedly, melodramatic start but it 
sounds good. I may feel this way a few years from 
graduation, right now I'm relieved and proud to have 
reached a goal. To me VMI was hard to go to but I 
am proud to be from. 

Mom and Dad you gave in more ways than 1 could 
ask for — as always! I love you both; Ed, Mike. Joe, 
Paul. John, Dan — thanks for the support — I love 
you guys — what a family! To my roommattes — We 
can't lose touch — even if our wild college days are 
over! Frank, Andy and Dan — Fll miss you knuckle- 
heads. To my rat roomates who stuck it out — 1 
lucked out. It was historic! To all the fellas ruggers 
and coaches — cheers! To my BR's Rah Va Mil! 
Justin and the dykes hang in there. 

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly 
find out how far one can go." — T.S Eliot 

"There's a sucker born every mmute." Phineas 


glorified, not b> our groans, but by our 
vings." Edwin P Whipple 

I acted typical for a cadet with this history. I waited 
until near the last minute to write this up. Fortunate- 
l\. I have never really had a loss of words. There are 
few things for me to comment on in my brief, but 
very glorious cadetship. I have been here for the 
whole four years, which, taken day by day, seems 
forever, but, as 1 look back, it seems that just yester- 
day, I was looking into a mirror and a bald stranger 
was peering back, for the first time of six long months 
to come. I received help from my BR's. and some 
kind upperclassmen, so that I could make it through 
this place. So far. I have made many people proud, 
while also displeasing others. Those are the ones that 
did not think I could or would make it; and because 
of them. 1 have continued on. while learning about 
myself and the limits that I can push to. L like others 
who came before me, have found out the true reality 
of life, by having things happen that should never 
have happened. This is the way people find things 
out. Unfortunately for me. 1 had to learn the hard 
way that the system will change for its advantage, 
and people will turn on when you least expect it. To 
that. I'm glad to say that I was able to make it out. 
even when some didn't want me to. So. 1 want to say 
thanks to all of my supporters and arrivcdcrci to my 
detractors. I want to add a line for Shane Walters, 
who just learned too. 

Well. It's finally here at last. The end of V.M.I. and 
the begining of the rest of life. I hate this place but I 
love it too ; it's been a long four years. Was it 
worth it? Time will tell. 

One thing is for sure; V.M.I, has truely helped me to 
grow. 1 came here a boy and leave here a man. 1 now 
know the meaning of responsibility, honor, and disci- 
pline like I never had before. 

I'd like to thank my family for everything. Dad. 
Mom, Don, Kristi, Julie ,1 couldn't have made it 
without your support. 1 owe it all to you. 
I would especially like to thank my B.R.'s and God, 
who in his wisdom gave me such a wonderful life. 
Finally, thanks for everything Doris. I hope all turns 
out well, I.L.Y. 

And now. at last, my Marine life begins , , , Anybody 
got a dip''".' 

P.S. Good luck Smitty, Get all you can out of it! 

Dykes — 1985 Brenlon D Harder 
— 1991 Justin D Martin 

1985 Greg Moyers 

1991 Bill "Poo'kv" McKay 

19X5 Chris Balderson 
1991 Steve Smith 





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Roy Hill III 

Army — Biology B.S. 
Alexandria, Virginia 

Football 4. 3; Baseball 3, 2; Wrestling 4. 3. 
Promaji Club 4, 3, 2, 1 

To say the least, VMI has been the unique experience 
that I was looking for when I chose to come here. The 
ratline was both demanding and fun. although it did 
not seem so funny at the time. I cannot honestly say 
that I ever enjoyed being at VMI, but 1 believe that 1 
will enjoy being from VMI. Nostalgia has softened 
the memory of three of my roommates leaving school 
in one year. I had the luck of getting a great dyke in 
Chris Cruz, however he will probably break tradition 
and become a ranker. The friends I made here helped 
to get through times happy and sad. I consider the 
friendships gained one of the most important assets 1 
have aquired in my four years. Having nothing pro- 
found or earth shattering to say I'll close with a final 
sentiment; Thank God It's Over! 

Dykes — 1985 Bill Bowman 
— 1991 Chris Cruz 

David Ashley Holland 

Dave, Cyclops, Rocky Mount 

Marine Corps(Parris Island Route) — 


Rocky Mount, Virginia 

Pvt 4, 1 ; Cpl 3; Cadet Battery 4; Tanker Pit 3; BSU 4; 
Tennessee Sabbatical 2; Radford Ranger 3, 2, 1; Tri 
Pi 2; Waffen SS (Rm 117 Chapter) 1; Sub-human 
Elimination 1 

My cadetship at VMI has not been a picture perfect 
one, but I have gained a lot from the time I spent 
here. The friends I made are some of the closet I have 
and will remain to be. To all of those friends, thanks 
for the good times and for being there during the bad. 
As for my Brother Rats as a whole, I wish you the 
best of luck. Although I will not walk across the stage 
at graduation with you, I will be there in spirit. To 
Dr. Monsour — thank you for your counsel and 
wisdom. To my parents — thank you for your love 
and understanding. (1 still have things to accomplish 
for you.) 


Semper Fi. 

Dykes — 1985 Karl Marks 
— 1991 Chad Knukel 

Kyle Wayne Holtzman 

Holster, Bullet-head 

Special Student — Economics 

Alexandria, Virginia 

oxing Club 2, 1; Boxing Intramural 3 

Words cannot explain my feelings for VMI. VMI has 
given me so much. True friends, a sense of direction, 
and maturity which I so badly needed. My four years 
at VMI have had their ups and downs. But I must 
admit, VMI was the best thing for me. It is weird how 
parents always know what is best for their children. 
Speaking of parents, I am so thankful for the love and 
support my parents have given me. I only hope that I 
will be able to give my children half the love my 
parents gave to me. Thank you both so much. I also 
want to thank Alecia, Tegan, Justin, Aunt Bert and 
Uncle Bob for their words of encouragement, love 
and letters. I would also like to thank Steve Quinti- 
valli for his friendship. We have so many more good 
times to share. My history would not be complete 
without a word to my friend Chuck Chung. True 
freindship is a priceless intangible, that so many peo- 
ple are deprived of throughout their lifetime. I am 
glad I'm not among those. Thanks Chuck. 

Dykes — 1985 Jeff Rickard 
— 1991 Brian Stone 

^^^^^jji^^^mnfmiMiii- umammmmm^n 

Gregory Cole Hoofnagle 

Atkins, Virginia. 

Cross-Counlry 4. 3, 2. 1; Indoor-Track 4, 3, 2, 1; 
Outdoor-Track 4, 3. 2, 1; Cross-Country Captain 1; 

After 4 years of high quality education I should be 
able to come up with some profound statement that 
sums up my feelings about the Institute; Well I can- 
not. I can say that 1 like VMI, most of it anyway. I 
didn't like those Partical patties soaked in smegma 
sauce. I got pretty tired of chicken! Wasn't very fond 
of labs. 1 didn't like morning practice or hard work- 
outs at all. However. 1 did like my roommates, John, 
Kevin, Roy. Bryant. Having good roomates made life 
at VMI possible. Thanks! If you party or start a food 
fight with Bryant, BEWARE! I think I have learned 
one important thing while at VMI. I've learned to 
live and find humor even when everything goes 
wrong, but I still cannot spell. I have two great rats; 
Charlie C. and Charlie S. I also had a great dyke, 
Benny Hill the Great '85. I would like to say thanks 
to all my track coaches who helped make my cadet- 
ship possible. A special thanks goes to my family for 
everything. THANKS! 

Dykes — 1985 Benny Hill 

1991 C, Catheart and C, Stringer 

Timothy Joseph Hooper IV 

Hoop, Buff, Dougie, Russ 

Annapolis, Maryland. 

Bio-Boys 4, 3, 2, I; Cpl 3; OCA 1; Young Republi- 
cans I; ACS I; Trident Society 2. 

Well, the experience is about over. VMI is definitely 
a long and hard road, but I will remember only the 
good parts. Somehow, even now. Guptology is a good 
memory, how and why this is I don't know. Even my 
roommates unique flaws are becoming fond attri- 
butes. Pete's mental dilemmas over things that 
should never be talked about were hilarious. Mike's 
unbearable moodiness made VMI rocket by, I cannot 
explain this cit;her. Rick's "goobness" was always 
good for a laugh, or two. And to Steve, the last 
inductee to the motley crue, I just can't put words 
together to describe him, he is too crazy. 
I will miss all those nights up in Carrol Hall with the 
"Bio- Boys". You guys are the greatest individuals to 
study and go to class with. 

Finally, to my family, I just can't thank you enough. 
You were always there when I needed you, Fred, now 
that back VMI would have been a lot harder without 
your support and practical advice, I hope I made you 
all proud. 

Dykes — 1985 James Gregory 
— 1991 Boyce Brice 

David Bryan Hope 

Dave, Hope-Star, Champ, 6-Pack 


Norfolk, Virginia. 

Lacrosse — 1986, Leading goal scorer in the nation; 
Drinking until throwing up; English Society. 

If I could do it over again, I wouldn't. I want to start 
off by saying thanks to my family. My family de- 
serves all the credit in the world. I never would have 
made it without them. Mom, Dad, Rick. Chris, 
Deith. Thanks. You are the most righteous dudes 
ever. Special thanks to Rob and Eric in Harlem. I 
would like to thank the girls but there weren't any. To 
my roommates (Andrew, Brent, Skippy, Jimmy, 
Bone) What can I say. Grant Kiehl, Ned, Ustach, 
cheers to you. To the Road Rebels not already men- 
tioned, Kevin Houley, Rich Crawford, Danny Dou- 
gherty, The fun and crappy times had between Dave 
Hope and his friends are too numerous to count, I 
will never forget them. If I ever run into any of you I 
will be more than willing to get destroyed. Brent, 
Skippy, Jimmy, Andrew. Captain Powers, It was Ca- 
det Brent Wilson who kicked your door in on that 
fateful! evening in November of '86. Grant to you I 
gave 6 weeks of confinement for a weekend as a rat. 
Sit was an awesome buzz. Drew — what a winter- 
green extravanganza. Jimmy I'll always remember 
our wintergreen weekend with Michelle Loy. 
In the immortal words of Steven Morrisey and John- 
ny Marroon. I've never had a job because I never 
wanted one. 
VMI Goodbye Forever. 


162 First Clas 



Michael Martin Humes 

Lewis Scott Hurst 

Carmine Carl Inteso Jr. 

Humesse, Hit 

Air Force-HI 

Rehoboth, Massachusetts. 

Cadet Battery 4, 3, 2, 1; Arnold Air Society 4, 3, 
RFT 4, 3, 2,1; Thai Embassy 2, 1. 

Judd, Juddbone, Juddbo 


Hillsville, Virginia. 

Rat 4; Cadet 3. 2, 1; Woman Hater 4, 3: Army 4, 3; 
Navy 2, I; Conscientious Objector 4; Greenparty 4; 
Conservative 1; Didn't Care 3, 2. 

Carm, Tes, Wop 

Navy, ME 

Toms River, New Jersey. 

PVT. 4. 3; Sgt. 2; Lt. 1; Dean's List 3; Dean's Other 
List 4. 2; Rugby 3; Century Club 4; Club Concourse 
Founding Member 2. 1; IHTFP Club 4, 3. 2. L 
Yankee Club 4, 3,2, 1 ; Booze Cruise Vice Pres, 3. 2; 
Naval Aviators Club 2, 1; ASME 2. 1. 

"... we have this consolation with us, that the harder 
the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we 
obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness 
only that gives every thing it's value. 
— Thomas Paine, from the American Crisis 
My words for the Institute are few, since I am afraid 
that none exist to truly express my feelings for this 
place. I have spent much time here, and I know I will 
not soon forget my experiences within these four 
walls. Four years of the system has a sense of perma- 
nence that is hard to melt. 

It would only be right to thank my family for their 
unending support. To my Mother and Father, I wish 
only the best from your loving son. To my brother, 
may he always succeed in everything he undertakes. 
And to my grandmother, may these always be the 
best times of your life. 

Success is measured in many different ways. For 
some, it is the completion of a real ratline; for others, 
attaining that sheepskin and a commission. But I 
have found another greater in dearness to me than 
any of these to be my prize for the struggle 1 have 
endured; and may it always shine as brightly as when 
it was new. 
S & M 09/28/87 

The journey through VMI is a difficult one for man- 
y.My trip has been less difficult than it could have 
been. The guys in India Co. have been great to be 
around-Our time in the ratline brought us together as 
a result of an SOB named Bob Ellis. I hated him then 
and I still hate him now, but he did make the ratline 
interesting. I had a great dyke who made me realize 
how to sift through the BS of the system. For the past 
three years, I've had three great roommates. I have a 
lot to thank them for. (Living with three yankees is a 
humbling experience. )Girls are the one thing 1 still 
don't have a clue about, experience hasn't made me 
the wiser. 1 have met several girls I would be proud to 
take home to Mom and several I don't want to see in 
the light of day again, It has been a good mixture of 
each.l thank my Mom and Dad for the support 
through four years. I hope I haven't been to big of a 
pain, if I have — Oh welllTo the guy who marries my 
sister — Good Luck! To mothers of the world when 
my brother gets his drivers license — lock up your 
daughters. To my Grandmothers — I Love You! 
Roommates;3, 2, I — Scott Griffea,Joe King,Greg 
LaVangie; Rat-Frank DeVenogcRoss Eggles- 
ton,Fred Ferares, Mike Grant, Severen Maynard — a 
special tribute to the greatest character I have ever 
known, D.J. Derenzo. 

Looking back on the past four years it is strange to 
feel the attachment that I feel for a place that has 
viewed with such hatred. It is only now that I view the 
PT's and confinement as a lesson in responsibility 
and discipline, as a lesson that has allowed me to 
succeed. No one can survive this place alone and be- 
cause of this I'd like to thank those who have helped 
me along the way. Mike, Trace, Guy, you guys are the 
best I could have asked for. We went through a lot 
together, confinement, girls, booze, grades, and yet 
through it all. you always kept me going, you may not 
know it, but you did.Thanx.Hook,Fleacon,if I hadn't 
been graced with your expert teachings in the arts of 
running the block and other "wrong doings", I would 
have gone insane! have honed these skills to perfec- 
tion and am now passing them down to my own 
rats. Tony, and Joe,stick it outlThe rewards far out- 
number the sacrifices, believe me, I knowlMom,Dad- 
, Mike, without your love and support I would never 
have made it through here. On May 1 6, it is not I that 
am receiving a diploma for my efforts,it is we that 
receive it for ours. I love you all, and Mom and Dad, I 
hope when my turn comes I can do the things you 
have done as well as you two did. — Hey what else 
can we do now? Except roll down the window and let 
the wind blow back your hair. — Bruce Springsteen 

Dykes — 1985 Todd M. Wood 
— 1991 

Dykes — 1985 Charles Chappell 
— 1991 James Davis 

1985 "Hook" Hagan, "Flea" Williams 
1991 Joe Rioux, Tony Marro 


James Erich Jannusch 

J. J., Noosh, Hodge 
Army-EN; Psych 
Naperville. Illinois. 

CRC 2; Sounding Brass 2. Assistant Editor; English 
Societ\ 1, Dep- Treasurer; Water Polo 2. 1; Fire- 
fighters 3, 2. 1; Ring Design Committee; Marathon; 

Initially and above all. I thank God for always being 
by my side. I know I could not have made it without 
him to guide me. Mom and Dad. I only hope that you 
are proud, because that has been a great part of my 
motivation. I love you both as you know. Thank you 
so much for everything you have done — you are the 
best, .'\ngela, I thank you for staying with me. God 
knows it was not always easy. Though the miles sepa- 
rated us. you were always in my heart. I love you. 
Michael. I am quite glad that you decided to come 
here and that we had this year together. I hope you 
are as well. Chris, I hope 1 dyked you well. You are a 
terrific dyke, a great person, and I am glad to know 
you. I could not imagine a better group of friends. 
You guys taught me true friendship. I have had quite 
a lot of great times here. Those times and the friends 
I shared them with are the memories that I take with 
me, I have already forgotten the bad. The future, as it 
was when I got here, is yet a question mark. However. 
I leave knowing that I am prepared for anything. 
"Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do. you 
start missing everybody." (Catcher in the Rye) 1 
already miss you guys. 

Dykes — 1985 Mike Lamore 
— 1991 Chris Watkins 

William Thomas Jasinski 


Boonton Township, New Jersey. 

Low Profile Rat 4; Corporal; Ranger Platoon 3; Ser- 
geant 2; Color Guard 2; CRC 2, VP. 1 ; Number One 
Club 2; Ring Figure Decorating Committee 2; Pri- 
vate 1; ASME 1; Room 168 Anti-Social Committee. 

My father always told me that these would be the 
best years of my life. It will probably take me another 
five years to understand what he meant. Seriously 
though. I couldn't have done it without all of you 
behind me. 

Life at the Institute was definitely unique. If any- 
thing 1 learned a whole new vocabulary and what not 
to do in my life. Experience has taught me much. I 
can honestly say that I will leave this place a different 
person, but then again, won't we all. 
The people here made the whole experience worth it. 
We all share a common bond, one which will last a 
lifetime. Take care Matt, you have been more than 
just a roommate. I'll never forget some of the stupid 
things we managed to pull off. It's a new world, so 
let's hit It like the night we hit the south side of L.I. 
To everyong — All The Best! 

Dykes — 1985 J.Ross Miller 

— 1991 Died on the field of Honor 

Phillip Carl Jones 

Womba, Spike, Toasty, Soneskie, 


Hopkinsville, Kentucky. 

Corporal 3; Ops Sgt, Color Sgt. 2; regimental S-1 1; 
Drug and Alcohol Committee; VMI Firefighters; Phi 
.Mpha Theta; Virginia Program at Oxford; Glee 
Club; Fencing Team; Timmons Society; Overworked 
4, 3. 2, I; Academically Distinguished 3, 2 

I have difficulty expressing my feelings about VMI. 
It has forever changed me. I have learned a deeper 
meaning of honor, duty, and friendship than many 
people outside can ever know. I have learned what 
sacrifice really means. Through difficulty and drudg- 
ery I have come to know both the good and the bad 
about myself. I have rarely had fun, but I didn't come 
here for fun. I wouldn't go anywhere else if I had to 
do it over again, but I *ould never do VMI twice. 
Now I want to be my?eir Look out real world, I'm 
ready for you! Now to the people who have made 
these years special. Pete and Wan — you've expand- 
ed my views by disagreeing with me and showing me 
new ways to see the world. Jim — you are one of my 
closest friends and my respect for you is boundless. 
Bill — we've become so close that it's hard to fathom 
we'll be going our separate ways. I hope you'll make 
your million. Mom and Dad — you've kept me going 
in times of trouble and your love has never faltered. 
You are. the greatest and I love you both so much. 
Joanne — it has been a long and difficult 4 years, but 
you've always given me inspiration to push on and do 
the right thing. You are truly my OAO. and I love 
you. Lastly, to Grandpa Bob — to your memory I 
dedicate my cadetship, for your example formed me 
and gave me my goals. Now I too will be an officer — 
I hope I'm as good as you were. How "bout them 

Dykes — 1985 Tom Rahe 

— 1991 Arthur "Artie" Casig 





Phillip Wesley Jones Jr. 

Bumphus, Pee Wee 

Air Force — Chemistry 

Freeman, Virginia 

Studly Rat 4; Rat Training 3, 2; Tutor 3, 2, 1; Cadre 
3, 2, 1; Corporal 3; Platoon Sgt 2; Operations Sgt 2; 
Head Computing Assistant 1; Battalion Commander 
1; Rat Battalion Commander 1; ACS President 1; 
Dean's List 4, 3, 2, I 

No one ever "makes it through" VMI — he endures 
it. I first came to the "I" unknowing of what to 
expect. What I got was a new family by the name of 
Echo Co. and they also came to endure. We endured 
the good times and the bad. The names Hugh. Andy. 
Buff, Fuzz. Rob. Mark. Drew. Chris. Bobby. Dave. 
Mike, Paul. Brian, are names that I will never forget. 
Also, Gunny. Terry, and Chief Sam — my camping 
buddy. Thank all of you for enduring with me. 1 love 
all you animals. 

Also, thanks goes to my loving mother who has given 
me her best years. I love you. Mr. and Mrs. Clark and 
the Gillespie's my home away from home, thank you 
for your help. As for Sharon, I'm marrying you — 
need 1 say more. (Smile) 

Hugh my best friend for 4 years. 1 guess we have seen 
it all both good and bad. As roommates for 4 years 
you became like a brother to me. So let's keep in 
touch as if we are. Whether you will own Wall Street 
or stay a jet jockey 1 know you will do all right. If not 
you can always be my accountant for my company. 
(Smile) Good luck with you and yours. 
Omar, Bos, I only hope that 1 taught you well. Keep 
driving and 1 feel that you one day will wear the ring. 
Keep in touch. 


1985 Marc "The Bos" Boswell 
1991 Tom and Omar 

Alexander John Kay III 

Lurch, CD, Snakeman 

Navy — Mechanical Engineering 

Richmond, Virginia 

Cadre 3. 2; Cpl 3; Mst Sgt 2; 3rd Bat S — ."i 1; 
Lacrosse 4. 3. 2. Capt. 1; Bulldogs 2, 1; National 
Debutante Cottilion 3. 2. I, Chairman 2, 1; Mono- 
gram Club 2, 1; Lettered 3, 2, I; Rat 4; TR 1 

What have I gained from VMI? Friends that will 
always be there. Experiences that will never leave my 
mind. To know what it is like to be a mother. I would 
like to thank the following people for helping me 
make it through VMI: Doug Bartlet: Thank you for 
giving me a chance to excel; Dave Hope and Frank 
Delbarto: you both made playing Lax worth my time; 
George Shields: thanks for all of the tough times you 
helped me through; Dan Wilson: thanks for being a 
true friend; Ray Dyer: Thanks for making this place 
just a little fun; Matt Koloseike: Thank you for put- 
ting up with a mood ball for two years; Paw Paw and 
Lucia: Thanks for always being there. You all helped 
me become confident about what 1 could do; Eliza- 
beth: I will never forget all that you have done for 
me. You are truly a fine person; Mom and Dad: What 
1 have to say is simple. Thanks for being who you all 
are. Dad without your teachings and coaching I 
would not have gotten the most out of VMI. Mom 
you deserve to wear the Ring as well as one could 
ever hope for. You all have been there when I was 
down, happy, and sad. You both are tops and I love 
you. Special thanks to: Chico. Ruck. Tony, Mark, 
Dan, Hambo, Spaz, Ace, Lowenski, 10%, Pig, Cujo, 
John W.. Dave S., Dems, and Doup. 1 would also like 
to thank Chaplain Caudill. Always remember "Be- 
ware the fury of a patient man" 

Dykes — 1985 Neil Lowenstein 

— 1991 Dave Hart. Rich Radonies 

Philip Eric Kay 


Army — English 

Baltimore, Maryland 

VMI Circle K Club 3, 2, 1; Religious Council 2, 1; 
Rugby 2; Cadre 3, 2; Clown 4, 3, 2, 1; Band Selection 
Committee 2; Dean's List 3, 2, 1; Fella 4, 3, 2, 1 

It's the bottom of the ninth. The ballgame is practi- 
cally over. It seems like I've been here forever, but 
when I think back on all the laughs and good times it 
really doesn't seem like all that long. .Mark and Matt, 
you clowns made this experience bearable and, yes, 
even fun. "The Fellas" — you know who you are — 
you are a special group of guys and I'm glad to have 
been one of you. Room 108, thanks for putting up 
with my antics. In 25 years when 1 reminisce about 
my college days, 1 won't think about the Ratline or 
confinement or massive "frustration." I'll think of 
clowning and football games (well, maybe I shouldn't 
think about the football games!) and all the great 
times. The memories of these things I'll never forget, 
and for this I thank all the boys. PreeshI 
I would also like to say "thanks" to my Mom and 
Dad. Without your guidance and direction, 1 proba- 
bly would've left after two weeks. You pushed me and 
I'm glad you did. Yes, it was worth it. 
I'd like to finish up with the wise words of a very 
profound group of philosophers (The Smiths) "Oh, 
Well, Enough said, I know it's over — still I cling." 
See you guys at the reunion! 


1985 Cary Weston 
1991 Pat Kiely 

First Class 165 


Brian Jonas Keith 

Sponge, Spic in Charge, Buffy, Zero, Slug 
Army Artillery — Modern Languages 
Third World Countries — Bomb Room 

BOMB — Advertising Manager 3, Business Manag- 
er 2, Editor-in-Chief 1; Virgin Private; Distinguished 
Military Student; Cadet Battery 2. 1; Cadet Waiter 
2; PNCA 4. 3, 2, 1 ; Igloo 2; RFT 3; AFT 2; Club 48 
2, 1; Conduct Probation 3, 1; 

On the surface writing a first class history would 
seem to be a simple task to accomplish. This, howev- 
er, is not the case. How does one summarize four of 
the most formitive years of ones life in a single para- 
graph? Simple, its impossible. I am not going to write 
the "thank you" message that appears in just about 
all first class histories. The vast amount of thanks 
that I owe cannot be put on paper and 1 will not 
attempt to express my gratitude in words. I will, 
however, mention a few of the people that have most 
mfiuenced my attitudes while I have struggled 
through possibly the hardest task I have ever under- 
taken. .My father has served to guide me through 
these four years as well as the rest of my life. My 
mother, though she has not been here in body. has 
always been here in soul. My brother has demonstrat- 
ed to me that one always has the strength to pull up 
from the downs. 

Otra cosa que me ha guiado durante estes cuatro 
anos ha sido mis companeros de cuarto. Dizzy, tu ha 
sido un amigo grandissimo. A los demas espero que 
cuando yo sea el dueno de mi isla o el ambajador a un 
pais que Uds. estaran alii para siguir con nuestra 
ideas. L'n dia estaremos ricos y poderosos. Bueno. 
bastante de este llore-llore, hay uno cosa que tengo 
que decir para todos: Para evitar la cruda, hay que 
seguir burracho. Salud, Amor, Dinero, Chupe v Cha- 
vas! VIVA MEXICO! Meow! Hantz!! 

1985 — Jeff Allen Frazier 
1991 Eduardo "Viado" Blocker 

Thomas Boarman Kennedy 

T.V., Party Rat, 4 

Army — History 

Alexandria, Virginia 

International Relations Club 3, 2, President 2; VMI 
Theatre 1; 4 Musketeers 3, 2; 3 Musketeers 1; Sweet 
Briar 4. 3 — Strike 1; Southern Sem 2 — Strike 2 

When I arrived here in Aug. '84, I had no clear idea 
what I was doing here. Three years later I still have 
no idea. However, with that in mind, here is my 
history, on second thought, that would bore to death 
anyone who actually reads this, so 1 will skip that and 
give you this: 

I was born. 1 have great parents. 1 went to a high 
school, then some small military school for college. 
From which at some point in time, I hope to gradu- 
ate. That about sums it up! 

I would like to thank my parents for putting up with 
me and my problems, my ups and downs, and all the 
rest of it. Secondly, I would like to thank my BR's, 
some of you made it worth staying here! 
Mom & Dad, I love you! 

VMI, I don't love you now, but give me 20 or 30 
years — maybe I will by then! 
Adios! AMF!! 

"Lord, what fools these mortals be!" Puck 


1985 John Stuart 
1991 Mike Robertson 

John Joseph Keppler 

Rock, Rocco, Skullcase, J.J. 

Marine Corps. — History 
Indian Rocks Beach, Florida 

Pvt 4, 3, 2, 1; Bulldog 4; Rat Training 3. 2, 1; Boxing 
3, 2, 1; Semper Fi 4, 3, 2. 1, Vice President 1; Circle 
K 2, 1; Marine Marathon 1; "DAK" for life! 

The hat says it all. Eight times in one night?! You 
passed your test! Tell me again what happened! You 
kill me! To know him is to appreciate him. Whether 
partying, lifting, head buttin' or doing favors. You 
can always count on Rock to be highly motivated. 
Brother Rat in 85. friend in 86, DAK in 87, and 
Marine in 88. A sentimental lug who will always have 
our friendship and respect. 

J.J. has been a source of constant amusement during 
his stint in Rm. 1-203. We never knew that eating a 
calendar would give you gas. We don't know what 
we'll do with our spare change when we leave, but it 
could hardly provide as much entertainment as we 
have had. Good Luck, Rocco. Bill and John. 
I want to thank my whole family, especially my two 
fathers. It's been a long hard road, but you never 
gave up on me or lost faith in me. I am forever 
thankful for your faith and support. I love you! 
"DAKs", you're the greatest! May we never stop 
partying! Roommates, thanks for putting up with me 
and always being there! Brother Rats, thanks for 
everything. I never could have made it without you! 
Kyle and Mike. Thanks and Good Luck. 
Marine Corps, here I come! 

Dykes — 1985 David M. Caruso 
— 1991 Mike W. Martin 



Grant Leavenworth Kiehl 

Pigme, King 

Navy — Mechanical Engineering 
Virginia Beach, Virginia 

Lacrosse 4. 3, 2, 1. Capt 1; Wrestling 4; Corporal 3; 
Sergeant 2; Private 1; Monogram Club 3, 2 

These four years have certainly been the most event- 
ful of my life. Not only have I pursued a B.S. in 
Mechanical Engineering and played lacrosse, but I 
have established a path in the U.S. Navy, made long 
life friends, and met my future wife. To my friends 
who will always be in my heart: Ted, Dave, Ned, 
Tom. Andrew. T Squared. Lurch. Brian. DC. Mike, 
and Steve — thanks for the great memories. To 
Theresa all my love and devotion. And finally, all my 
love to my parents for being the most understanding 
and loving parents anyone could ever hope to have. 

James W. Kiker 

Jim, Kike, Tool, Jimmy Van Kikner 

Army — Electrical Engineering 

Fincastle, Virginia 

Wrestling; Drama; Glee Club; BOMB Staff; ROTC 
Scholarship; Karate Club, Tanker Platoon. DeButts 

Well, this is it. The culmination of four long hard 
years. I can almost remember what it's like to be a 
normal person who has a nice bed to sleep in. I have 
had a lot of good friends leave VMI and I know that 
each of you will make it anyhow. Mike M. and Mack 
C. good luck next year. I want to thank my friends 
who put up with my complaints — I'll never forget 
you. For those loved ones; Nana. Martha. Dad and 
Mom. I look forward to leaving 'VMI and know that 
you didn't exactly understand cadet life. I'd rather 
not voice my present opinion of VMI because of the 
friends I've made here, the good times I've had, and 
because I've "heard" that I'll like VMI 20 years from 
now. One thing I can say is that I can accomplish 
anything I want to. 
So long and thanks for all the fish. Meow!! Hantzl! 

Myron Ray Kindley Jr, 

Ron, R.D., Melron 

Army ADA — History 

South Hill, Virginia 

Pvt 4. 3.2.1; Football 4, 3; Honorary Member of the 
Bio Boys 2. I ; Rod and Gun Club 1 ;' RFT 2. I ; Club 

348 4 ' 

In August 1984. I found myself in a room with Chris 
Beck. Lance Gilman, Danny Haynes. and Mike Ma- 
lerba. We became members of Club 348. Danny was 
dismissed for demerits; and in came Brian Durham. 
Brian was not happy about joining the club, but he 
didn't have much choice. The Club had a lot of sweat 
parties together, but for some reason we laughed all 
the time and somehow enjoyed being at VMI. Sum- 
mer school came after the Ratline. I loved summer 
school, or should I say I loved who I met at summer 
school? Well, she is still around, so we'll let Laura 
answer that question. Third class year was spent 
studying and goofing around with Brian Egloff and 
numerous other roommates. I will always remember 
second class year for Ring Figure and late night 
studying with the Bio-Boys. Todd Oakes graduated 
at the end of second class year, leaving Egloff and me 
in search of another roommate. That's O.K. Todd, 
I'll ride the train with you to New York anytime. 
Gilman is back in the room now so I have to expect 
anything. I would like to thank all of the people that 
helped me get into VMI. esp. Randy Crocker. A 
special thanks goes to the Jones family for being 
there whenever I needed them. Thanks Mom and 
Dad for all of your support and love. Tkimmy and 
Scott, you are great dykes. No Laura. I didn't forget 
you. Thanks for being around the last few years. I 
love you all. 

Dykes — 1985 John Whitty 

— 1991 Kevin Hemlick. John Greenspon 

1985 Marvin Smith 
1991 David Beard 


1985 Joe Irby 

1991 Timmy Hayes. Scott Williams 

First Class 167 


Joseph Bernard King 

Jumpin' Joe, JoKing, Jo-Jo 
Army Infantry — History 
Wallingford, Pennsylvania 

Joe 4; Jumpin Joe 3, 1. \: (Airborne All ihe Way) 
Ranger Pit- 4. 2; Ranger Challenge 2; Rock Climbing 
3; Run For Your Rack 3. 2, I; Cpl 3; Ops Sgl, Color 
Sgt 2; Cadel Captain ( Regt S-3 ) I ; Concerned Amer- 
ican Citizen 4, 3. 2. 1; AUSA 4. 2. I 

I have gamed much at VMl: a diploma, a com 
sion. honor, and the best friends I'll ever have 
Thanks to my family — sorry about the lack of 
correspondence. To my rat roommates: Dave, thank: 
for being so sarcastic. Ted, you were like a big broth 
er to me. Kevin, you've inspired me with your perse 
verance. Mike, you're a great listener. To my rt 
mates of the past 3 years: you have helped me grow 
more than you will ever know. Grif, I don't think I've 
ever seen you mad about anything but at least you 
weren't afraid of ghosts in the library. Judd you're 
the engineer I never was and really should be in the 
Army — but that's O.K.. Never lose your ability to 
laugh at everything, (even my jokes) Gregg, I've al- 
ways admired how you could have so much fun with- 
out getting in trouble. Common sense and love of a 
good time arc your greatest gifts. Good luck to each 
of you and thanks for rubbing off on me. To a certain 
mustachioed midget green beret: it's not the badges 
on your chest but the heart that beats beneath them 
— thanks for nothing. I could never have enough 
room to list all of those people I would like to number 
among my friends but thanks also to JP, Pat, Graw, 
Ace, and my I Co. BR's Todd, push yourself con- 
stantly. I hope I have been a good example. I've 
learned to eagerly accept challenges here and I'm 
continually impressed by my BR's. I cannot help but 
think I've walked among great men. 

Stewart E. King 

Navy — Electrical Engineering is Minor 
Wilmington, North Carolina 

Pres. Scuba Club: Glee Club; VMI Theater; Closet 
Case; Party Slug; U.S. Post Office Social Life 

Starting at the beginning: All thanks to my parents 
Louise and Robert H. King. What can you say to the 
most responsible intluences on your life other than 
thanks and I love you both. Thanks for everything 
from providing a fine Christian home to live in to 
making monetary sacrifices to send me through VMI. 
Thanks also goes to my dyke John Burgess. He was 
one of the most unique persons I ever knew at VMI. 
Talk about a circle in a square hole! To my best 
friend at VMI even if he doesn't know it, the 
"Moose," good luck in the Navy — you better write. 
For a person who said he hated everybody you sure 
were a great man. To my first class roommates 
■HYPO" "GLY " and "BEDEAD"; thanks for 
the good times. It made life dynamic. No matter 
what you were, or better, thought you were, you 
weren't BRF's! Good luck in the future. You'll do 
great. .And to my best civilian cohorts Brian Keith, 
Bob Dietz, Sarah Gay, Johnny Boylston, Good luck. 
And last but not least, do good AJ. You came a long 
way to get here just keep the pigskin in mind and it 
will stay in sight. 

Well for me I had to prove myself here and I did, and 
I have a ring to show for it. I leave here and I have to 
prove my worth again everyday. So it was an interest- 
ing stopover for college, glad I did it. but more en- 
thused that I don't have to do it AGAIN! BOY IT'S 


1985 James P. Begley 
1991 Anthony Todd King 


1985 John Burgess. Uncle-Ken Walu 
1991 Angel J. Nazario 

Stephen George King 

Cujo, Mellon, Gazoo 

Navy 4-F — Civil Engineering 

Buena Vista, Virginia 

Wrestling 4; Lacrosse 4, 3, 2, I, Capt 1; Posit Com- 
mittee 1; Virgin Collar Club 4, 3, 2. 1; Regt.S-7; 
.•\SCE3,2, 1;AWWA 1; Dean's Other List 4, 3, 2, 1; 
Ghetto 3, 2, I; Group Survivor 1 

There comes a time in your life when you ask "Was it 
worth it?" I think it was. I made friends here that I 
will never forget. I can't thank them all, but I'll start 
with you Greg. I don't know how long I've known 
you. Let's say I can't remember not knowing you. 
You have been a great friend Sev, Shawn, and Eric. 
You were great roommates. I'll never forget Citadel 
Sev, Pig, Ted, John K., John A., Dave, T-Squared 
You are the greatest. We started a dynasty at VMI. 
and I'll never forget you. Mom, Dad, and Mary, I 
owe you the most thanks. If it wasn't for those food 
boxes I would never have survived. You have never 
given me anything but support. I look forward to 
spending the rest of my life with you Mary. I love you 
all very much. 

To all of you left here, don't give up. Shoobie, Cas- 
per, Meatball, and Weasle I want to see you gradu- 
ate. Coleman, Buzzard, Pete, Turtle, Dennis, it will 
be over before you know it. Steve, Dave, Terry and 
Todd thanks for everything. "The ultimate measure 
of a man is not where he stands in moments of com- 
fort and convenience, but where he stands during 
challenge and controversy." 

— Martin Luther King 

Dykes — 1985 Steve Marsh 

— 1991 Tim "Shoobie" Nolan 

168 First Class 


Krirkchai Kloyaroon 

Matthew Blake Koloseike 

Mark David Lamb 

Sak, KK, Kloy, Big Bean 

Army — Civil Engineering 

Kratoomban, Samuthsakhon, Thailand 

Rat; Corporal 3; Sergeant 2; Platoon Leader 1; 
Member of VMI Engineering Society; Run For Life; 
Member of International Club 

Pyscho, Seike 

Navy — Electrical Engineering 

Audubon, Pennsylvania 

Swimming 4. 3, 2; Varsity Letter Winner 4, 3, 2; 
Water Polo Club 2, Pres 1; Monogram Club; IEEE; 
Cadet Swimming Assistant 2; Commandant's Office 
Assistant; First Class Private; Concourse Dweller 2 

Sparkle, Big-Daddy, Shamdog 

Army (Sig. Corps) — Electrical 


Milford. New Hampshire 

Honor Court 2, I; Cpl. 3; Sgl. 2; 2nd Bn. S-5 Lt.; 
Airborne; IEEE; ETA Kappa Nu — VP; Dean's List 
4, 3, 2, I; Football 4. 3; VMI Eng. Society; Glorified 
Babysitter; 1 45/ 1 60 Club; Campout Crew; 3 O'clock 
Jam Band; Party Hospital. 

I firmly believe that it is the good minds for all of us, 
Brother Rats, to make it through the four amazing 
years at VMI. Four years at VMI has been a good 
experience for me. The Ratline was challenging, I 
quite enjoyed it. I have mixed emotions about VMI, 
some bitter, most good. I quite enjoyed getting yelled 
at by the upperclassmen who, most of the times, used 
different words from which I had been taught when I 
was in my country. Thanks, VMI. for giving me 
valuable experience. 

To my parents and my sisters, I give my love. To the 
Chau family I owe more than I will ever be capable of 
repaying. To the Mapunya family I give my special 
respect and love. To all Pee and Nong 1 love. To all 
friends I miss. Thanks Thanh, Bob, Greg, Bryan, 
Tung, and Dennis for being my nice roommates. Fi- 
nally, I must thank "Jiab", a special american lover, 
who has been very nice and special to me. Good luck 
to you, Jiab. 

The Institute was a challenge for me and I am proud 
and glad my time is almost over. I would like to thank 
my family for all of their encouragement and support 
over the last four years. Where did the time go? 
I will never forget the friendships that I have made 
here, I hope they will last forever! John, Daniel, Ray, 
James, and Rick, these last four years have been the 
most trying of our lives. There were times when life 
was terrible and there were times that I will never 
forget. 1 don't know which I will remember more; the 
good times or the bad, but 1 know I will never forget 
you all. Thank you for being there! Good Luck! I 
know you will all succeed. 

They say that time files when you're having fun; it 
wasn't all fun. The most important thing is that I 
wouldn't change a thing. I came here forreasons that 
are now forgotten; and stayed for reasons unknown. I 
have always told myself that 1 will win in the end. 1 
hate to lose. The irony then seems to fit. My senior 
year and I'm not even trying to win. I need to be a kid 
again; I'm not ready to grow up. The more things 
change the more they stay the same. VMI teaches 
you to appreciate the little things: A hug, a special 
thought, nature, and especially people. For people 
are the most important thing of all. So it's to those 
people that I dedicate my history. To Pat — your 
casual style showed me how to be a true cadet. To 
Chris — I wouldn't have made it w/o you little bros. 
To Tony & Ruck — Hey roomies. I finally feel like 
one of the guys; Thank you and I'm sorry for all the 
crap. To all the guys — Thanks for being my best 
friends. To Amy — I love you, you've put up w/ so 
much. To my family — you are my everything. You 
are my base, my strength. With you by my side there 
is nothing I can't do. Mom & Dad — All I ever 
wanted to do was make you proud. I love you and 
thank you for everything. You have shaped me. I like 
what 1 am: VMI prepares you well, but what does it 
prepare you for? Cause it don't mean nothin. it ain't 
never over til it's over. 

Dykes — 1985 Norbert Bohdan Jocz 
— 1991 John Kao 


1985 John A. Stuart 

1991 Robbie "Rolo" Roland 

1985 Pat Donahue 

1991 Ralph W. Booth(Bill) 


First Class 169 


Michael Lynn Lamb 


Air Force — Electrical Engineering 

Barboursville, Virginia 

Private — 4; Corporal — 3; Guide Sgt. — 2; Platoon 
Lieutenant — 1 ; Cadre — 3,2, 1 : Rat Training — 1 ; 
IEEE — 1. 

lis hard to believe that the end is so near! I will 
always remember the challenging experiences I have 
encountered during my cadetship at the "I". The 
Ratline was long and at times there seemed no end. 
But time seemed to flow right along. Third Class year 
wasn't much better! It was then that I met my biggest 
challenge — "The Academic Ratline". Second Class 
year brought something that every cadet cherishes — 
to wear the VMI ring. Finally, 1 had a sense of 
achievement of what I had accomplished thus far. 
And now First Class year has arrived — a sense of 
pride and dignity — waiting for that day in May to 

I wouldn't have gotten as far as I did without the 
love, support, and guidance from my family. I love 
you all. Thanks for being there when I needed you. 
And also, thanks for the many cards, letters, and food 
packages. I owe you all so much! 
To my rommatcs — what can I say'? Guys, thanks for 
all the good times! Good luck and keep in touch. 


1985 Bill Bowman 

John Andrew LaRue 

Johnnie LaRue, Larve, 1 have no clue. 

Navy — Electrical Engineering 

Steubenville, Ohio 

Navy Scholarship 4, 3, 2, 1 ; Cdt. Asst. 3,2,1; Virgin- 
ia Program at Oxford; College Republicans 3, Sec. 2, 
V.P. 1; Trident Society 4, 3, 2, 1; IEEE 3, 2, 1; VMI 
Firefighters 3, 2; Glee Club 4, 3; International Rela- 
tions Club 3, 2; Sweet Briar Ranger; BHC. 

When I made the decision to attend VMI four long 
years ago, I had no idea what I was getting myself 
into. I had only seen the Institute from the outside, 
never thinking that it could be so different from the 
inside. But I'm glad that I picked the finest institu- 
tion that ever graced this land to get the collegiate 
experience. I'm also grateful that I had the support of 
so many wonderful people. Mom and Dad, you are 
the greatest. I love you. Aunt Maxine and Virginia, 
thanks for everything. Janet, what can I say. Cuz?! 
We did it! Martha, thanks for being the best sis. And 
to the '22 crew: you guys will be my friends and 
closest BR's always. We've had too many good times 
to count. Thanks for everything! Good Luck Bryan 
and Goodbye, VMI! 

If you can dream — and not make dreams your 

If you can think — and not make thoughts your aim; 
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster 
And treat those two impostors just the same; . . . 
If you can fill the unforgiving minute 
With sixty seconds, worth of distance run. 
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it. 
And — which is more — you'll be a man, my son! 
Rudyard Kipling 

Dykes — 1985 Kirby J. Caruso 
— 1991 Bryan C. Brooks 

Eric David Lassalle 

Buck, Squallor, Tigger 

Army? — Mechanical Engineering 

Norfolk, Virginia 

Swim Team 4; Canterbury Club 4, 3; Hop Floor 3, 2, 
I; Late Night MBC, W&L4, 3,2, I; Ring Figure '88 
Design & Band. 

It is hard to believe that about 4 years ago I was 
getting in my parent's car heading for the "I". I was 
off to college. As we approached limits gate I was 
anxious and could also feel a knot forming in my 
stomach for the unknowns which lay ahead. I will 
always carry my experiences of that first day in my 

My existance at VMI has not been the worst nor the 
greatest at times. I have had my share of good times, 
KA. Goshen, Panther Falls, and MBC. Then there 
are those days which I would rather forget; TV and I, 
OCMNI blues. Mugger "Let's not go to Safeway 
anymore." And Mai "How about a quick beer at the 
Palm's after Taps" We have all shared in these un- 
pleasanties. I have often thought how crazy it is to be 
a confined college student. Oh, well it builds charac- 
ter. Righf:" 

As my days become numbered, I have had some 
great support. Thanks Mom, Dad, Mallory, and 
NEB staff for having me hang in there. To my dykes, 
Chris and Herbie, good luck and remember what is in 
Jackson Arch. Hey Bobby! "I don't know how it 
happened, it all took place so quick." Dire Straits 

Dykes — 1985 Stephen Lee Hefiin 

— 1991 Chris West,Mike Connely 

170 First Class 

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Gregg Michael Lavangie 

Vange, Vangie, Vangus 


Gainesville, Georgia 

Jyh-Der Lee 

Doctor Lee, JD 

Military Science-Electrical Engineering 

Taiwan Republic of China 

Michael Wayne Lee 

Monk, Potato Head, Get Small Lee 


Colonial Heights Virginia 

Private 1. 2, 3, 4; OGA Representative 4; Guidon 4; 
Chair Farce 1, 2; Surface Warrior 3, 4; Weird Buster 
3; Raclt Enthusiast 1, 2, 3, 4; Pervert Dweller 2, 3, 4; 
Mongo Worshiper 1 , 2, 3, 4; Professor of Discology 2, 
3, 4; Procrastinator 1, 2, 3. 4. 

Societv of Confusionism 

Pistol Team 2, 1; He-Man Woman Hater's Club 4, 3, 
2, 1; Rackmonster — life 

I want to thank Dad. Mom. Jeff, and Gayle for all the 
support and understanding that they have given me 
during the longest/shortest four years of my life. I 
still want to apologize for the shock at the beginning 
of the year. Although I'm happy to be leaving VMI. 1 
am sorry to be leaving the friends that made this 
place bearable — even enjoyable sometimes. Rod- 
ney, I wish we could have won the battle of the 
license plates for you. No matter what you say, the 
chicks do dig you. Calvin, have you got into "88 yet? 
To French. Andy. Dave, and Little Danny — thanks 
for the laughs on those off days — you wacky fun- 
stersll will especially miss my B.R.'s in I Co. I wish 
you guys the best of luck — especially you Damien. 
Finally there are three guys I am going to have a hard 
time saying goodbye to — my roommates: Griff. 
Judd. and Joe. You guys have taught me more than 
you could imagine. Griff, you were my first room- 
mate and we've been together ever since. I've always 
admired your quiet strength, even though I had to tell 
you who the Fat Boys are. Judd. what can 1 say? You 
are the craziest Southerner 1 know. Don't ever lose 
your ability to have a good time no matter where you 
go. Joe. 1 want to thank you for being one of the best 
friends 1 have. You listened and helped me when I 
wanted to talk. Good luck in the Army. I'll see you 
other guys in the fleet. What a joke! 

What do you say about a guy who has an answer to 
everything, or if he doesn't have one he can derive it 
mathematically? Anyone who has come in contact 
with JD has surely seen his ability to master the 
situation at hand. Working with JD has certainly 
been an experience, what kind of experience we 
haven't quite figured out. but an experience non the 

To an all-around great guy, we wish you the best of 
luck in the future!! The EE's of '88. 

1 recall as a rat asking m\ dyke if he felt like he had 
been here forever. He said that while he was at VMI 
it dragged by from day to day but looking back on it 
it had fiown by. He was right. As I look back on my 
cadetship I try to pick out the good times and the bad 
ones but it is'nt easy. Not because they were so few 
but because there were so many. Alumni tell us the 
bad memories of the Institute will fade and that all 
we will remember are the good times. I hope not 
because bad times are as much a part of V.MI as are 
the good ones. — Todd and Ted. thanks for all the 
help and for putting up with me. Mike thanks for 
letting all three of us move into "your" room. Mom, 
Dad. and Laura, without your help and sacrifices I 
never would have been able to attend VMI. And 
finally Valerie. You have made VMI bearable. 
Thanks for being there when I needed you. I Love 
You. — And 1 leave you with a quote. Gatsby be- 
lieved in the green light, the orgiastic future that year 
by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but 
that's no matter — Tomorrow we will run faster, 
stretch out our arms farther . . . And one fine morn- 
ing — So we beat on. boats against the current, borne 
back ceaselessly into the past. 

The Great Gatsby 
F. Scott Fitzgerald 


1985 Jim Tribble 

1991 Pat Krug. Seth Judd 


1985 Don Monday 

1985 Lloyd Hamlin 
1991 Greg Hurst 






First Class 171 


Michael Joseph Leeney 

Ace, Aceman 

Army — History 

Bridgeport, Connecticut. 

Geek Ranker 3, 2, I; Rat Council 1; Chairman. 
Where did all my money go? Com.mittee 3. 2; VMI 
Smoke Eaters 3. 2. 1; Nightstalker 3, 2. 1; Bomb 
Staff 2. I; Busch Gods 3. 2. 1; ECU Raiders 3; 
Dean's Other List 4. 3. 2. 1; Tour Guide for Hell I; 
Fifth Horseman 2. I; Drunk 4. 3. 2, 1. 

"Fiddlers' Green." That would probably be the best 
synonym I could think of for this eternal purgatory 
known as VMI. Looking back on 4 years of physical 
and mental anguish, interrupted by sporadic mo- 
ments of drunken bliss, I can only say that bad was 
bad. but good was just that, GOOD. Thanks to the 
Beef Boys for being those insane hell raisers that they 
truly are. Holy Christ, you're savages! Stoge'?!! , . , 
Thanks. No. no. the waves, the waves! 
But probably the most strange, alcoholic, important, 
and best thmg I found here was the BUSCH GODS. 
"Hey buddy, you wanna shut the door!" Spaz, Pan- 
cho. Bwana, this sounds corny as hell, but you are the 
best men I have ever known. All the best for the 
future from the FIFTH HORSEMAN OF THE 
XPOCAL'V'PSE. Be major league cool, keep in 
touch (that's not what I meant Bwana), and ya. I'D 
Catch you in Arlington, Later — 

,\nd so when man and horse go down 

Beneath a saber keen. 

Or in a roaring charge of fierce melee 

You stop a bullet clean. 

And the hostiles come to get your scalp. 

Just empty your canteen. 

And put your pistol to your head 

And go to Fiddlers' Green, 

Dykes — 19S5 Thomas "Tombo" Dclaney 
— 1991 Patrick "Maddog" Madigan 

Carlos Julio Lofstrom 

Chuck, Charlie, Chip, B.B., Bean, Los 

Navy — History/Modern Languages 
Vienna, Virginia 

Dean's List 321; Boxing Team 321; Ring Figure Ho- 
tel Comm.; Virgin Pvt 4321; Newman Club 4, Sec 3, 
2; International Relations Club 43; SCSC; Illegal 
Car Club 43; Order Of The Sleepless Knights; Histo- 
ry Honors Program. 

Here I am writing this a third time — the deadline a 
scant 28 minutees away. and I with nary a thought in 
my head, The obvious difficulty of trying to summa- 
rize my feelings about the past three years is in no 
way helped by the music blasting through our room 
and the feeling of impending doom with this weeks 
tests. I guess it's just time to write whatever comes to 
mind. I guess that pretty much covers my past three 
years — play the game to the EDGE and hope for the 
best I've done well playing the games of VMI, but 1 
couldn't of done it alone — I want to give my deepest 
thanks to my roommates & my family.Brian.John- 
. Kirk. good luck in all your adventures — there will 
always be a cold beer & a warm smile for you and 
your families at my house. Mom. Dad & the rest of the 
clan — even though you've been overseas for the past 
three years, you couldn't of done more for me if you 
had lived in Lexington — 1 love you all.To the rest of 
the fellas here at the "'l",it's been fun. Terry you 
know how I feel about you — 'nuff said, thanks for 
the letters. Bob & Eric.good luck. "It's young people 
who put life in — to ritual by making conventions a 
living part of lifeiOnly old people destroy life by 
making it a ritual, The boy that belongs to a secret 
pirates gang and who dreams of defending an ab- 
straction with his blood hasn't quite died out before 
21 .you know ," 

W illiam Faulkner 

Dykes — 1985 Drew Smith 

— 1991 Bob Cole, 1990 Eric Carpenter 

Christopher Roger Long 

Chris, Mugsy 
USMC — History 
Richmond, Virginia 

Rat Training 3; Rugby 3; Beef Boys 3, 2, I; Semper 
Fidelas Society 3. 2, I; Corporal 3; Sergeant 2; Lt 1. 

Now that it's over do I laugh or cry? 
Did a man or a fool emerge from VMI? 

Dykes — 198.5 Davis (Testes) Estes 
— 1991 Scott (Smitty) Smith 

'n^iiinnmi'-tif: "mmBji 

Raynard Byron Lynch 

Lunch Box, Twin, Nardee, Lynch 2, 


Army — EC 

Hampton, Virginia. 

Haslan Ronald Maass 

R, Harold ?, Red, Bruiser 

Army — EC 

Claremont, California. 

No Photo 

John Lee MacMichael Jr. 

Buff, Buffadeus, Boomvang, 


Navy — EC 

Alexandria, Virginia. 

Football Manager 4. 3, 2; Promaji 4, 3. 2, 1; C Co. Lacrosse 3, 2, 1; Virgin Private 4, 3, 2, 1; Dean's 
Guideon 1; Corporal 3; Gd. Sergeant 2; Rat Training Other List 4, 3, 2, 1; 92 Club 3, 2, 1; Frat Mousse 
1. Club 3. 2; SSgt Lane Fan Club; Stang Club 2, 1; 

4MSKTR 3, 2. (-1)1, 

Cpl; Sgt; 1st Sgl; Swimming 4; Young Economists 2. 
1: Trident Society 2. (Sec)l; Cadet Staff 3; Beef 
Boys, Busch Gods, Boomvangs Alliance; Room — 02 
Jungle Warfare. 

I really don't know what to say except that it's been 
four years of memories that in the depths of my mind 
and my heart, that not even by the deterioration of 
the soul, could or can destroy. These memories are 
forever lodged in the depths of Raynard. First of all 1 
could spend my whole class history in thanking peo- 
ple by name, face, thought, ect., but on the other 
hand, 1 could spend it recapturing the tales and many 
moments shaped with each class thats came and gone 
since I've been here. I'm not going to do that though. 
My most highest praise is dedicated to "God Al- 
mighty," I've said my prayers and they will continue. 
To Mom and Dad, Jessica and Dernard, thanks for 
the support and gratitude that not even I can put a 
price on it. 

My roommates and "homeboys." and members of 
the Corps! Bonne Chance! God Bless! 

"The sun breaks through even the darkest cloud." 

It seems like only yesterday, I was matriculating, and 
after that, breaking out. Then before long, Beckster 
and 1 played W&L "night" students. Next 1 was a 
second and met this BLONDE at ODU, took her to 
Ring Figure, and things changed. Not at school, but 
dealing with school. Then a summer, still with that 
BLONDE, in Yankee Land (about 3000 miles off 
target), and before 1 knew it, I was wearing a leather 
belt (right Mike''!), and living on the BOTTOM 

This school has done a lot to change me, hopefully for 
the better, and there are a lot of people to thank for 
helping me along. First of all, there is the 92 Club: 
Vector, TV. and pseudo member — Beckster. Fve 
blown off a lot of steam at you guys, thanks for 
pulling up with it. Next there's this team that plays 
with funnv looking sticks, and runs around hitting 
each other with them. All in fun, RIGHT GUYS' 
Thanks Lurch, #17. Isq, and 10% for getting me 
interested, and teaching me to play. Without L,'\X. 1 
propabK would have gone crazy. Then there were 
two of the three closest people to my heart who 
always supported and encouraged me. Thank you 
Mom and Dad, 1 love you more than you know. And 
lastly, there's that BLONDE I met at ODU. Jane, 
you're the BEST that has ever happened to me 1 

Lnga Munga! 

VML? Whatabout UVa or VPI? Whatta ya mean 
they sent rejection letters. I gotta cut my hair, take 
out my earring, and leave my car? HELL NO! At 
least 1 still have a girlfriend, don't L? 1 don't'?! Come 
on. did I choose this school willingly'? Yes, I did, and 
gained more than the timid souls whose lives were 
never tempered by adversity and challenge. 
1 am blessed with parents who supported me. paid 
high tuition, accepted my performance and never 
once considered selling me to the circus. Thanks go to 
my brother Jim who gives me unlimited support. I 
know you will do well, Jim. My roommates kept me 
from going over the edge, and humored me when 1 
threatened to leave every Christmas (I will in 88). If I 
could retain some of their attributes: 
Jim — your ability to talk fluidly, pick up, and keep a 
facade of coolness in tight situations. 
Mark — Who else can insult and harrass his friends 
without them beating you to a pulp, to often'' 
Terry — 1 could use your persistence and ability to 
keep goals within reach and sight. 
Sam — I wish I could keep a straight face and take 
life seriously as you. You provided a foil for my 

Thanks Guys. 


1985 Greg Williams, Kevin Flynn 
1991 Frank Thurston, Chris Barnw 


19S4B John C. "J.C." Cummings 
1991 Brian "Pugsley" Billingsley 

Dykes — 1985 Dave Stinnette 

— 1991 Andrew "Spud" Collier 


James Thomas Maggelet 

Mags, Mag-Ruh, Head 


Plymouth, Massachusetts. 

Private 4. 3, 2. 1; Cpl 3 (for s^ month); 87 Lack of 
Appreciation Society 4. 3, 2, President for Life \. 
Parental Scholarship Plan 4, 3. 2. I ; Airborne 1 ; Fido 
+ Bohica= Feba: Number 1 Club; VMI Band 4. 3, 
2: Newman Club 4. 3. 2. I; After Taps Pilon Ranger 

I can't believe I've made it through this place. If it 
hadn't been for a select few, but very special & impor- 
tant friends. I would not have made it.Andi my dar- 
ling you are a dream come true,& I want to thank 
you, first & foremost. from the bottom of my heart for 
being there when I needed you. I am very sorry that I 
could not be there when you needed me. I plan to 
change this in the future. once again. I am deeply sor- 
ry, from now on. it's you & me together. I LOVE 
YOU .''iNDIIThe past 4 years have been bitter & 
sweet. The bitter, losing priveledges first class year, 87 
sucks. the Ratline. & other physical & mental 
trials. There were also the sweets. Andi. walks in the 
woods.the beach.SLTMD.& talking. both on the 
phone and in the room. Ring Figure was the best. I'll 
carry these memories forever. & never forget the les- 
sons learned. Mom & Dad. thank you for all of the 
help & advice for the past 4 years. I'll never be able 
to tell you how much I love & appreciate you both. 
Steve. what else can be said?4 years ago. we entered 
room 413. not knowing what would happen. We 
talked about surviving the ratline & our future plans- 
Now we are almost alumni & it's funny how our 
plans have changed. Remember that they change for 
the better, especially when they include the one you 
love. Good luck with Wanda. & I know you will 

THE WAY!!! JTM 88. 

Dvkes — 1985 Jim Tribble 

— 1991 Matt Path and Chris Julio 

Micheal John Malerba 

Slug. Lerby, Guido 
"Special Student"-EC 
Ringwood, New Jersey. 

Boxing Intramurals; Boxing Team; The Investment 

My history is rather difficult to write due to the fact 
that I had a two year sabbatical. During those two 
years I thought of the Institute quite often. I thought 
of how much I disliked being at VMI but. I still found 
a part of me wanting to return. Now that I am back I 
still dislike being here but I know now that 1 want to 
be from VMI. 

Even though we don't get out to often the few times 
I've had with some of my friends have been the best 
times. Chris D.. Hugh M.. and Bob H,: the fiight of 
stairs at JMU, Bob H.. and Rob D.:My tumble down 
the hill at U.Va. Jim, Chuck, and Kyle: our trip to 

Thanks goes to my family, especially Mom and Dad, 
for their support over the past couple of years. I know 
that I have been difficult to understand at times and 
even though I don't always show it. I love all of you. 
"Yo New Jersey, Yo New Jersey. Yo" 

Dykes — 1985 Kevin Robles 

— 1991 "God Child Dyke" Sam Kwon 

Rodney Thomas Marks 

Air Force-EE 
Alexandria, Virginia. 

Rat 4; Cpl. 3; Sgt/Ist Sgt/Pvt 2; I Co. Cdr. I; Num- 
ber One Club 2; Cadre 3, 2, 1; Rat Training 2; Cadet 
Assistant 2, 1; AAS 3. 2. I; Room 01 3. 2, 1. 

Four years. I have to say I have learned more about 
people, including my self, than anything else. I sup- 
pose the system builds "characters" out of an other- 
wise regular bunch of people. I can't summerize or 
explam what's happened for the last four years, espe- 
cially not here. Good or bad. it could not have been 
done without Mom and Dad — your unconditional 
love and and support has gotten me though all of this. 
I hope I can enjoy life the way you do. I owe quite a 
lot to my roommates too. I think we helped each 
other out by not taking this place too seriously and 
knowing when to get involved. We all lost a few cool 
points now and then, but James, no one is as consis- 
tantly cool as you. You are also a consistant friend, 
especially when things get tight — and things got real 
tight sometimes. Calvin, you're a shrewd judge of 
character. I propably learned more from you than 
any book, but ya still owe me one. JD — brother, 
what can I say except that we've shared just about 
everything, including brains, in four years. You al- 
ways want more from life, remember jgtp. Thanks to 
Gregg. Judd. Brad. Jumpin Joe. .And all the other 
characters that I shared good and bad times with I 
made it. Thanks Bush. Ralph. Hammage and Fester. 
Good Luck James, I know you'll do well. I hope this 
was all worth it because I wouldn't do it again. 

Dykes — 1985 Owen "Bush" Mclntyre 
— 1991 James McClellan 

174 First Class 

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Raymond Winston Marsh 

Sugar Ray,Sheet Haid, Rami, Ray, Nut,? 


Salem, Virginia. 

Matthew John Martin II 

The Moose 

Cutchogue, New York. 

Kip Allen Mattis 

Kip. Kippy, Bear, Mic Trucic 

Glen Campbell, Pennsylvannia. 

Cadet Battery 4, 3, 2, 1; S-5 Guide 4; Fire Fighters 3, 
2; Dean's List 4, Eliis/Rowe Workout Club 4; Zollo- 
mans Control 4, 3, 2; Montpelier/New Market Hon- 
or Guard2; Drug and Alcohol Abuse Committee 1. 

Cadet Recreation Committee 2, 1, Treas 2, Pres 1; 
Ring Figure Decoration Committee; IEEE 2, 1; Cor- 
poral 3; Sergeant 2; Private 1; Room 168 Anti-Social 

Private 4. 3, 2. 1; Football 4, 3. 2. I; Antisocial Club 
4, 3, 2, 1; Dean's Other List 4, 4. 

I've learned a lot of things at VMI: how to love, how 
to hate, and how to make mistakes, and learned from 
them. 1 have learned discipline of the mind and spirit. 
I would like to thank VMI for this and all the other 
things that I have received. 1 would especially like to 
thank my parents whose support made me stay in the 
game. I would like to thank my Brother Rats whose 
friendship kept my spirit up. I would like to thank my 
teachers who gave me support in my academic 

During those first, trying six months here at VMI 1 
often heard the question "Why are you here nut?" I 
don't think I've ever encountered anyone who could 
answer that question, at least not in those first six 
months. 1 still haven't been able to pin down the 
"Force" which drove me to come to VMI but what- 
ever it was 1 can hardly say that 1 am disappointed. 
Even though the complaints flowed steadily through- 
out the four years, the great times and the memories 
created will always out weigh the bad ones. 
There are so many people who have played imppor- 
tant roles in my life here at VMI but none can com- 
pare to my parents who gave so much of eveything 
they had to ensure my success. To you. Mom and 
Dad. I owe everything that I am. Certainly not for- 
gotten are the rest of my family; Grandma. Grandpa. 
Lisa Katy. Jeremy. Roger. Chuck. Uncle Buss. Aunt 
Marilyn. Uncle Vinny. and .'\unl Robin; you have my 
love and many thanks for being there always. 
Last, but not least. I want to thank the one person 
who was always there in a pinch, thanks Bill. 

1 came. I saw. I didn't like. But I stayed. And in 
staying. I made something out of myself I could not 
have done if I had gone elsewhere. This place grows 
on you. It's tough throughout, but it makes you 
tougher. 1 must thank Mom and Dad for everything, 
and for being there when I needed someone to lean 
on. Also 1 thank all of my roommates, past and 
present (1 had a lot of them), for helping me through 
it all. I would really like to thank John, who survived 
the curse, he could read me like a book. Thanks John. 
T-Ray. it's not the same without you. Be all that you 
can be. from me and John. To everyone else: you all 
have a place in my memory as BR's and friends. I 
don't want to say good-bye. cause I'll see you all at 
the football games. I'll be the one with a red blazer. 

Dykes — 1984 Ed Gainsborg 1985 Dan Jordan 
— 1991 "Little" John Brumfield 

Dykes — 1985 Bob Wydler 
— 1991 Greg Booth 

Dykes — 1985 Mark Bornhurst 

— 1991 John Matthew Childs 

First Class 175 


Sevren Douglas Maynard 

Crash & Burn, Jestowitz, Jeckle, Big Ed 

Navy — Economics/ Management Cone. 

Akron, Ohio 

Invesimeni Club 123 Chairman 1, V.P. 2; Chairman 
Ring Figure '88; Honor Review Committee 1; Busi- 
ness Manager VMIT 4, 3; CIC Founder's Day '88: 
Regt. S-7 1 : Virgin Collar Club 4321 ; Cdt. Assl.; Soc. 
Youne Ec; Class Pres, "Go-Fer" 3. 2, 1. 

Four years ago, I was a first generation VMI man 
Today. I leave second generation. (My father. I'm 
confident, will soon receive his adoption papers.) 
Shawn in 340 made a pact, and we didn't give up. 
We've done it all, that's just our style. You were 
always in my corner and I know you'll always stay. 
I'll miss you a lot. As I move on. I hope to take with 
me your determination and drive. You may be what- 
ever you resolve remember you said it to me. And 
Mom, I think that was the great wisdom I sent to you. 
if only VMI would have given me more postcards . . . 
it may have kept the phone bills down. Mom and 
Dad. I made it. and so did you. Thanks for the 
support. I love you both. Steve and Gregg (Heckle 
and Jeckle), thanks for adopting me. I know 1 filled 
Eric's shoes and you were all I could ask for, and 
more. Steve, the worlds an imperfect place, but Caro- 
line is Heaven. Col. Wentz. your undying faith in the 
VMI man hasn't been for NAUGHT! You are a true 
asset to VMI. Capt. T. thanks for the continued 
support and .Adam, 1 didn't leave you alone until you 
gave me a shot. Thanks. Leslie what can 1 say but , . . 
1 Love You! Thor, Mearhead, Weasle, Shoobie, and 
all of the rest of '91, tough it out. Don't throw in the 
towel. There is no substitude for victory, and men, 
the \ictor\ is \ours! 

Dykes — 1985 Mark Allen Winger 
— 1991 Thor Bauer "Casper" 


Michael Marcel Mayo 

MAZE, The Mayor, Dr. Love, Slut Pup 

Air Force — Economics 

Steubenville, Ohio 

Football 1,2.3.4; Promaji 1 , 
2, 3, 4; Pup Phi Pup 3, 4. 

,4; Dog Phi Dog 1. 

It's been a hard journey, and I have learned much 
about myself Life is full of its trials and tribulations. 
-Ml things are possible through Jesus Christ. 

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will. 
When the road you're trudging seems all up hill. 
When the funds are low, and the debts are high. 
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh. 
When care is pressing you down a bit, 
Rest if you must, but don't you quit 


It's been real! 

Andrew Scott McAllister 

Andy, Noid, Mac, McArthur 

Marine — Electrical Engineering 

Newnan, Georgia 

Rat 4; Cpl- 3; Op. Sgt. 2; Bn. S-3 I; Cadre 2 
Canterbury Club 4, 3, 2, 1 Pres. 3, 2; God Sqd. 3 
VMI Engineering Society 2, 1; CPB I; Sempei 
Soc. 2, 1; Jaws — 57 3, 2, 1; VMI Firefighter 3, ; 
Oreo Partv 4. 3. 2, 1. 

The task is impossible To write something un 
or untold , , , To shed new light or convey profc 
thought. 1 cannot accomplish this so I won't even 
Who to thank'? . . . There are so many: Jon, Cat 
ine, and Leslie . . my best friends: Mom, Nancy 
second mother, my little sisters . , . Connie and 
Anything I say will not adequately express my 
for you all. 

After VMI'? , , . The Corps will capture my 
attention and loyalties. After that, what next'? . . 
Reckon I'll get me a mule somewhere and some : 
cotton and guano, and grow me a crop of cotton 
year It feels to me like it's going to be a good ; 
for cotton. Maybe I could grow a bale to the a 
like Pa was always talking about doing." (Tob; 

Erskine Caldwell 
Ed. Brent, and Trent: If we can still speak to t 
other after living together for so long, we will alv 
remain friends. Good Luck and God speed. 
Dykes; Don't merely carry on the tradition, mat 
stronger, better. I'll toast to your success from ; 
Moody , "Play Ball!!!" 
, , Andy Mock, Tommy Reimann . . . the oreo 
ty continues in grand tradition. 

Dykes — 1985 Maurice "Moe" Thompson Dykes — 1985 .Andy Valenzuela (Hoo-Ha) 

— 1991 Rick Mears. Mark Rumph — 1991 David Peters and Ian Connei 



Peter Mason McCrary 


Navy — English 

Manassas, Virginia 

Ral 4; Cpl. 3; Pvt. 3, 2, 1; Promaji Club 1; English 
Society 3,2, 1 ; Trident Society 2, 1 ; Cadet Asst. 2, 1 ; 
Illegal Car Club 2; Beer Bucket President 3; "The 
Hooper Fishing Experience" 4, 3, 2, 1. 

Friendship, loyalty, and Trust. These are the things 
VMI has given and taught me over my four years at 
the Institute. VMI took away a lot also, but the many 
memories it gave back more than repaid the debt. 
It is these memories I value most and I have my 
friends to thank for that. First of all my roommates, 
the "111 Crew", and yes that includes you Rick!! One 
could not have asked for a better group of guys to live 
with for the past four years. Rick, even though you 
deserted me a year early, you know I'll never forget 
you and our many "what if sessions" I have to thank 
Mike for his many Spanish Translations which al- 
ways seemed to put me in a good mood. You were 
also fun to abuse Mike, thanks. Now Hoop, you were 
a character. We always knew we could rely on you 
when we needed a nickname. Thanks for the fishing 
trips too. we really struck it big on the last one! Now 
Eddie, What can I say? You and I have had some hell 
of a times since we've been here! I know we will never 
forget our many roadtrip excursions as we searched 
for the perfect female being (i.e. Sweet Briar. Rad- 
ford) Well Gentlemen. Good Luck and thanks. We 
made it! 

"Nothing is so much to be feared as fear" 

Henry David Thoreau 

John David McCray Jr. 

JD, Grit, McCranium 

Air Force — Electrical Engineering 

Middlebrook, Virginia 

Indoor. Outdoor Track 4. 3. 2. 1; Arnold Air Society 
3. 2; Scuba Club; Virgin Private. 

VMI is an experience I'll never forget. I've encoun- 
tered every situation possible while attending the "I". 
From being totally humiliated to being on cloud nine. 
While I have broadened my vocabulary several words 
have taken on new meaning. Just to mention a few- 
stick, fix, bone, rat. strain, toolshed. grind, dyke, 
weekend, and the list goes on. I have also learned 
many abbreviations as well: GP. AFT. RFT, CQRB. 
many more. I have many memories to take along with 
me such as: Calvin's bedtime stories. Rodney's and 
my deepsleep conversations. James's morality and 
motivation talks, getting into '85. '86. '87, '88. all the 
trips to Key West for Spring Break, the educational 
use of the library's VCR. and of course all those great 
parties we had in barracks. For me. VMI has not 
been an easy ride. I have struggled and prayed to 
graduate on time. My grades may not have been the 
best, but it looks like I'm going to make it. I must say 
I would not have any of this if it weren't for Mom and 
Dad. Thank you for everything: I am truly grateful 
for all you have given me. As far as my roommates 
go. I expect to be invited to their weddings and be 
taken care of. As far as my brother Todd goes I hope 
he picks the right school for himself: For my sister, it 
looks like she is doing fine. For myself. I need all the 
prayers possible! Go Keydets! 

Scott Paris McCumber 

Poncho, Beaker 
Navy — History 
Midlothian, VA 

Pvt. 4, 3, 2. 1; BOMB 4. 3. 2, 1. Head Photographer 
3, Photo Editor 2. Managing Editor 1; ECU Trip 3; 
Tech Radiers3; Wahhoo Hater 4-1; Busch Gods 3. 2. 
1; Football 2; Deans other list 4-1; Ruling Triumvi- 
rate 1; Assault Vs. Davis III 2; Drunk 4-1. 

When I first came to VMI, I thought I knew what I 
was getting into because my father is an alumnus. I 
came to find out rather quickly however, that I was 
wrong. Since that wonderful day. I have found myself 
wondering just why 1 came here, and as I sit here and 
write this I still do not have the answer. I have 
managed to survive with the help of my parents and 
friends; Without their support the road would have 
been much rougher, if that is possible. 
I cannot say 1 have enjoyed it here — the place is a 
Living Hell each and every day. But the friends I 
have made and the times we've had I would not trade 
for anything. The Beef Boys and the Boomvangs 
made for some great moments. Thanks to the Bomb 
squad for the laughs and the beer parties. Slug and 
D.J.. two of the greatest dudes in the world. LGD — 
you helped me a million, thanks for the poncho. 
Finally, to my roomates. the Busch Gods: Thanks for 
making this place what it isn't. Ace — it's been swell, 
see ya in Arlington. Spaz — GWA! Bwana — "6'6" 
and 53 inches. Jarvis Basnight!" Enjoy my good 
friends, enjoy! 

"Dyin's not hard for men like you and me. 
it's the livin' that's hard." 
— Josie Wales 
"Sloge!?!" — Unknown 


1985 Samuel A. Maroon 
1991 Joseph J. Lane 


1985 David Eugene Stinnette 
1991 Michael Shay Ferrell 


1985 Jeff Sanders 

1991 Wade "Spaz" Witham 

First Class 177 



V i 

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Derek Carter McFarland 

Tazmo, Peanut-Head, the Hammer 

Army (Cmbt. Engr.). Civil Engineering 

West Friendship, Maryland 

2nd Battalion S-4 Lt. 1 ; Rgt, Color Sgt. 2; Cadre Cpl. 
3: RC 1; TR 1; House Mountain Crew 1; Plug-and- 
Chug Staff 1; AUSA 4. 3, 2, 1; ASCE 1; Ranger 
Platoon 3, 2. 

During our lifetimes, courses of events occur which 
shape our lives in tremendous ways. Our ability to 
describe these experiences and either the reasons for 
our participating in or the magnitude of these events 
in words is often difficult in the least. Trying to 
describe my four years here at the "I" are like that. 
The greatest feeling 1 have is of relief. Relief that I've 
almost completed my four years here. Looking back 
to 1984 and how 1 felt then, time has passed quicker 
than I ever expected. The support of my brother rats 
and the strength which God gave me are responsible 
for that. 

1 feel especially close, still, to my rat roommates. Bill, 
Chris. Dan — six of us went through 459, only four of 
us remain. Together we made it through that long 
year. I owe a lot to you three, si came here one 
person, and leave here someone completely different. 
We came here together, and those of us who could 
take it leave together. It has been said that the memo- 
ries of an old man are the deeds of a man in his prime. 
1 am proud of my memories. 


1985 F.J. Coons. Jr. 
1991 A. Schmidt, IV 


William Malcolm McGarrah III 

Mac, Grandpa, Billy-Bob 

Navy — Economics 

Morrow, Georgia 

Football 4, 3, 2, 1; Monogram Club Vice President 1; 
Wednesday Night OCMNI Patrol 3, 2, 1; PXs Club 
3. 2. \: East Lex Gold Card Holder 3. 2. 1. 

As I look back over the last four years one thing is 
certain; It has been an experience. There are some 
things I would like to forget. Matriculation. Rat 
Year, confinement are just a few of the things 1 
would like to forget, si guess if the truth be known 
though my years at VMI will bew looked back at with 
a sense of happiness. VMI is what you make of it and 
lord knows Chris. Mark and 1 made the most of it. 
The Cockpit. Frats. Zollomans. girls schools, we saw 
them all and the memories of those times will be with 
mc forever. Thanks Chris and Mark you were always 
there through the good and the bad. To all the other 
friends I have made over the years; Best of luck fellas 
and let me hear from you. Caroline; Thanks for al- 
ways being there. I will not soon forget you. 
To my parents, the two most important people in my 
life, thanks for everything. Giving me the freedom to 
fail, but always being there to pick me up and encour- 
age me to keep trying. Without your support 1 would 
have never made it. 

To room 101; You tried to help but I could not be 

Matthew W. McGhee 

Magoo, Dude Weed, Geester, Fella 


Richmond, Virginia 

Circle-K member 3, 2; Circle-K President 1; Mem- 
ber Big Red Club 2, 1; Unauthorized Car Club 2, 
Virgin Private; One of the fellas 

I really cannot believe that my four years at VMI are 
slowly coming to an end. 1 can't believe that after 
watching two brothers have so much fun at UR. I 
chose VMI. The "I" has always intriqued me and I 
knew this was the place for me to get an education. 
Despite all the Rules and Regulations at this place. I 
can honestly say that the friendships 1 have made 
here are the most important. Phil, you are without a 
doubt the most laid back individual I have met. 1 
know you will do alright in whatever you do. Whatev- 
er Dude. Whatever! mark, what can 1 say? We did it! 
1 can still remember catching our daily hour in 122 
rat year. You have been my friend for a long time, 
lets continue our friendship. See you in CA. Jim. 1 
am glad we became such good friends. I wish nothing 
but the best for you and Michelle. And to the fellas 
- Mike. Brad. Frank. Dan. Andy. Dave. BD. 
Damski. Radar — thanks for all the good timels. 
And last, but definately not least. Mom and Dad' 
You are the most understanding and caring parents .i 
son could ask for. Thanks for everything. 1 LOVl 
YOU BOTH! Susan, thanks for being there durmii 
my last 2 years. Let's keep it going. Mike and Clark, 
thanks for being there when I needed a bro to talk to. 
Uncle Howard, your advice and guidance is greatly 
appreciated. This has been an experience! I am out of 

Dykes — 1985 Tommy Manning 
— 1991 Kyle Bryan 


1985 Ken Cade 
1991 Dan Cadigan 



Hugh Michael McGloin 

Huge, Gloin, Groin, Froggy 

Army — History 

Bronxviile, New York 

Virgin Private 4, 3, 2. 1 ; Dean's Other List 4, 3, 2. 1 ; 
Beef Boys 3, 2, 1; Tanker Platoon 3. 2; Fort Pickett 
Live Fire 3; Richmond Bulldozer Crew 3; Club "21" 

The past four years that I have spent at VMI have 
left me with many memories, some good and some 
not. I will leave the Institute with many scars, notably 
the large gold one on my finger — the others, hope- 
fully will be erased with time. 
I don't think anyone can fully explain the experience 
that one has had here, so I won't try. Let's just say 
that I made it, for 1 could have done worse. Mom and 
I^ad, thanks for putting up with me!! 


1985 Barry Brockway 
1991 Jeff "Cupid" c'uiper 

Michael Edward McGraw 

Tug, Tugger, Graw 

Army, Artillery — History, Psych, Engl 

Baltimore, Maryland 

Cadet Program Board 4. 3, 2, I; The Revolutionaries 
3.2, I ; Cdt. Rec. Comm.; Social Comm; Beef Boys 3, 
2, I 
Cpl. 3, Ops Sgt, Color Sgt. 2, Lt. Rcgt. S3 Lt. I 

The only thing that comes to mind is that VMI may 
not be so fun to be at; but its a great place to be from. 
Anything that is of any value in this world doesn't 
come easy; this place wasn't easy. The one thing that 
I really came here for is honor, and 1 hope to carry 
what 1 got with me for the rest of my life. 1 just want 
to thank all those who helped get there: my parents, 
who sacrificed a lot to send me to college, my brother 
who encouraged me when I was a Rat. my room- 
mates and of course my Brother Rats, my friends. 
Long live the spirit of the Beef Boys. 
I hope that I never lose touch with all of you obnox- 
ious people and we keep in close touch. 
Long live the Revolution, hail. seig. and all the rest. I 
wish all of you luck in your carreers. 
See you again: the Beef Boys: Mugsy. Jumpin Joe. 
Damien, Bakehead, Bwana, Ace, Mike, Mongo. Fish- 
head, Spaz, Poncho, the rest and me. (Boom-Bangs 
& Busch Gods too) 

Thanks Again Everybody!! 

I leave with the pride of having lived and worked with 
many future great men of our world. And I pray that 
our paths may meet again. 

Dvkes — 1985 Brad Gerstbrien 
— 1991 Tom Clark 

Steven Drew McKone 

Nose, Nosie, Jar 

Marine Corps — History 

Poolesville, MD 

Semper Fi Society I; Rat Training 1; Rugby 2; PLC 
2, 1; Cadet Venders 3, 2 

VMI is not a place one gets through the without the 
support of others. Brother Rats give support by co- 
existing, roommates by co-habitating, and parents by 
co-signing all the loans. 

Bobby. Joey, and Criss: Thank God its over! We had 
some good times, now its 
time to get on with the real 
world, real jobs, and real 
women! See you guvs in 
My family: Siobhan, Jeff, Kelly, Caitlin, and Sarah. I 
love you all and look forward to the next 
time we are all together. 
Mr. and Mrs, Clark: You made life at the "I" a lot 
more bearable. You are too 
good of people to accept repay- 
ment so I give you my friend- 
ship and love. Thanks. 
Mom and Dad: 1 could write many words but. words 
are for the people who are on the outside to read. The 
important thing is that you know how I feel. Feelings 
are the intangibles that words cannot describe, all 
that matters is that you you know I love you . . . 
Thanks Mom and Dad. 

Dvkes — 1985 Wornock. Bill 

— 1991 Danials. C.F. (Jack) 

First Class 179 



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Hugh James McMenamin 

No — Mind. McWhat-The-F 

Air Force — Economics 
Woodbridge, Virginia 

Investmem Club; Society of Young Economists; Om- 
njcrom Delta Epsilon; Business Manager for The 
Cadet; Hollins Regular. 

If you asked me four years ago why I chose to attend 

VMl. my reply would have been "I am really not 

sure". .'Xs graduation approaches I am still asking 

myself "Why VMI". As 1 see my friends at other 

schools and my brother at JMU living in his own 

place with three girls that same question pounds in 

my ears. 

People that I talk to say that my VMI education and 

experience will payoff — I have one thing to say — it 

belter pay off BIG. 

To my parents and family I want to say thank you for 

your support through thick and thin. 

To Daun. 1 haven't found the right Cracker Jacks 

box. but don't give up hope they still make them. 

To Phil "Pee-Wee" Jones. I have lived with you for 

four years, I hope our friendship continues long after 

graduation. I wish you, Sharon, and Ashley the best 

of luck (you are already outnumbered). 

To my other BR's I wish you the best of luck, keep in 


To Bob my advice is — keep a sense of humor, be 

drunk as often as possible, and leave at every 


To the Institute — well smce I can't say anything 

derogatory I will say nothing. To my professors — 

thank you I hope I have learned well- 

Dykes — 1985 Bill Engleson 
- 1991 Robert Nickel 

Jay Scott Miller 

Gumby, Chemo-Head, Big-Head, 


NS — Electrical and Computer 


Alexandria, Virginia 

TCFC Co. Rep 3, 2; Martial Arts Club 3; IEEE 2, I; 
Trident Society 1; Engineering Student Counsel 1; 
"Dedicated Zoo Animal" 2, 1: Originator of the 
"Bob": Dean's "Other" List 4. 3. 

With graduation still months away, I am expected to 
sum up four years at "The I" in a few lousy sentence- 
s.Here goes nothing 

I'd like to thank those people who helped me through 
VMI;the parental support from behind and the 
friends alongside. 

To my Mom and Brother;you had a big part in where 
I am nowWithout the knowledge that you were just 
behind the scenes 1 couldn't have made it. You have 
given me the confidence I needed to "tie" (not beat!!) 
VMl;and I love you both for that. I just hope I didn't 
ruffle too many feathers along the way. 
To my best friends Paul and Eric; let's not kid our- 
selves, we've been inseparable for these 4 years. No 
matter what we were faced with, we never let go of 
our friendships. Ericyou and I have rolled in laugh- 
ter at the "stupidity" of "things"! You've also helped 
me more that I could ever repay academically. (Your 
name appeared more often on my homework than my 
own!) Paul, you've been more than a friend to me;you 
convinced me somewhere down the line that I could 
actually have a social lifelYou also introduced me to 
the fine art of "beer bonging"! You 2 aren't just my 
BR's . you're more like brothers. 
A final note to include my third roommate Chris;I 
think I should just be grateful you never hit me! 

Dykes — 1985 Reid I. Howell 
— 1991 Malt Sprouse 

Clark David Mitchell 

Clark, "Cuz. Mitch 

Air Force — M.E. 

Pittsburgh, PA 

Club 12 3, 2, 1; VMI KBT 3, 2, I; CKMGBP 3, I; 
Club 12 Bartender 3, 2, I; Number 1 Club 2; Con- 
finement 2; Century Club 2; Civilian 2 (I needed the 
rest): Lee Roy's Yankee Room 2, I; SCUSS 1; Fool 
1: Virgin Pvt 4, 3. 2, 1,0: (MY). 

I can't believe I'm finally sitting down to do my first 
class history, it seems like yesterday that 1 did one for 
high school. Many things happened since August 15. 
1984, and 1 have many people to thank for helping 
me through. First, Mom and Dad, thanks, if for noth- 
ing else, for always being just a phone call away. 
Thanks for everything else too! Rob, Shell, Grand- 
mother, and Granna, thank you for the letters, the 
love, and everything else, please don't stop sending 
them. (I'll be here next year too!) 
Daren. Chris, Mark, you were the best roommates 
anyone could ever hope for. You guys are why I came 
back. (NO, I'm not blaming vou) I think that says it 

Things to be remembered: William and Mary to 
Nags Head. "What do you mean we don't want this 
ferry?" Nothing wilder than a Club 12 party. (If you 
can't go to a real college, turn VMI into one.) Losing 
the sink during the Super Bowl. (What do you mean 
It just fell off the wall?''!) 

Things to be forgotten: UVa First Class year. All 
those PT's SSDD should I say more? 
Torrey. may I teach you as well as John taught me. 
Lesson one: No more shark wrestling. I'm not im- 
pressed. Fellas, lets catch one in the real world. 
"Mostly you just make me mad" Lou Reed. 


1985 John Douglas 
1991 Torry Brennan 

180 First Class 

William John Mitchell III 

Carl Alfred Mitlehner 

John Paul Moore 


Marine Corps — Electrical Engineering 

Bakersfield, California 

Semper Fi Society; OGA; 1930 X-Check Gang; Free 
Associalion Society; IEEE 

Boo-Boo, Scotty, Tiso 1000, Miller Time 

Army — Electrical Engineering 

Frederick, Maryland 

Engineering Student Council Treas 1;IEEE 
432 1 ;Firefighters 21 ; Pistol Team 1 ;S-5 Staff 2;MBC 
21;lnterstate Block Runner 2; JM Hall Ghostbusters 
3;Cadet Computer Assistant l;Cpl 3;Pvt 421; Club 
63;Young Republicans 3;Dean"s Other List 4321 


Army — Civil Engineering 
Metuchen, New Jersey 

Rat 4; Cpl 3; Sgt 2; Lt 1; Rat Training 3; Airborne 4; 
Idiot 4, 3, 2, I ; Sport Parachute 3; Non-RFT Club 4, 
3. 2, 1 ; CF 4, 3, 2. I ; Drunk 3, 2. 1 ; Cheese Conniseur 
3, 2, I; 4, 3, 2, 1, 1, 2, 3, 4 

Have learned 

Most importantly 


Makes it so" 

Do a foolish thing 

To meet the face 


"Fitted with 

The stone 
Pink Floyd 

Me . . . The Rock 
Kill Us 
Freedom " ... to strive, to seek, to find, and not 
yield" — Tennyson "One must will to live and know 
how to die" — Napolean. 

Four years ago we entered the four walls of the 
institute, lonely, scared, and naive. The mother "I" 
embraced us with cold arms, making us feel unwant- 
ed. Only at the beginning of our third class year did 
she start to warm up to us, allowing us some minor 
priveleges. During our second class year our mother 
bestowed upon us one of her most treasured gifts, a 
golden ring — rich in tradition, yet unique to us. 
Finally, as a first, we finished our childhood and 
prepared to leave our mother behind and enter the 
world as VMI men, but we will always love our 
mother, no matter what we may have said about her 
whenever she scolded or restricted us. Goodbye mom 
and thanks. Denise: May that "someday" we've 
dreamed about arrive quickly, for you are my one 
and only. Forever and always — I love you. John and 
Tony, you are a part of who I am, we've shared some 
great times and helped each other through the bad. 
I'll never forget you. Rox, it's been a blast, take care 
of John. Niecer. til the end of time. Mom and Dad, 
how do you say thanks to someone who's done so 
much? You've pushed me forward and tried to under- 
stand this crazy world of VMI. Thanx, I love you. 
Four quotes sum up the attitudes I've gained here at 
VMI, "the strongest steel comes from the hottest fire; 
you may be whatever you resolve to be; never say die; 
and that sucks for you." Niecer, get ready — our 
time is near! 

Mom and Dad . . . Thanks 

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz look. I am a college 
graduate. Hey, VMI, what a screw job. I could say a 
whole lot to critisize the hypocrisy and injustices of 
this place but so what. I am leaving. Most of the time 
here is a screw session but thru it all I kept my sense 
of humor and I remained myself. It is the tough way 
to get a degree. I do not know if it was worth it. 
Maybe it will be if I become a POW one day. The 
friends I made here are the best. I wish you all well. I 
do not regret coming here but I will sure be glad to 

Dykes — 1985 Greg Bond 

— 1988 Michael Seyffert 


1985 John Keenan 

1991 Dean Bailey, Wilson Woodhouse 


1985 Shimotsu 
1991 J.W. Holland 


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Pete Watson Moore 


Army — History/German 

Atlanta, Georgia 

CPB 4, 3; Inlernalional Relations Club 4. 3. I Vice- 
President. Hop and Floor 4, 3; Number One Club 4, 
C Co. Chessie Trail Participant 4 

Thank you so very much. Mom. 

Thanks to all my friends without whose help 1 would 
have lost my sanity long ago. 

I have served my time, 

'You cannot separate the just from the 
unjust and the good from the wicked." 

- Gibran 

"Gott ist tot" 

— Nietzsche 

Stephen Michael Morris 

United States Marine Corps — History 
Bridgeport. West Virginia 

Semper Fidelis Society; College Republicans; 


.■\rts Club; Ranger Platoon; Baptist Student Union: 

Dean's List; Aviators Club; President — 


Relations Club 

Nothing in the World can take the place of persis- 
tence. Talent will not:nothing is more common than 
unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will no- 
t;unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education 
alone will not; the World is full of educated derelicts. 
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. 
— Unknown 

We have all had to extract our own meaning from our 
lime at the institute. There have been dark moments 
with sacrifice and discipline serving as daily watch- 
words. The Institute has continous demanded excel- 
lence. Often the institution has stood above the indi- 
vidual. The VMI experience provides challenge, 
camaraderie and forces determination. 
To my parents:l appreciate all of your love and sup- 
port over the past seven years of military education. 
Thank you for allowing me to choose my own path. 
To my roomates;Ted and Doug through four years of 
thick and thin we have remained friends. I hope 
future years find us as good friends still in contact. 
To Anne: Thank you for working with me to find 
time between both our hectic schedules for our pre- 
cious moments together. Your a very special person. 
And lastly, to my brother rats;Best wishes for the 

Dykes — 1985 Kerry Kirk 
— 1991 Wakin Tong 


198.5 Ken McNulty 
1991 John Watson 

Mark Stewart Moss 


Army (Infantry) — History 

Roanoke, Virginia 

Pvt 4. Cpl 3, Pvt 1 
Pistol team3; Karate 3, 2, 1 
Sinlodge 2; Brain Cell Bar B-Q 3, 2 
Summer school 4, 3, 2, '.' 

I have long forgotten the reasons I came to VMI, 
whatever they were,l am sure I will leave here with 
much more than 1 came for. My time at VMI has had 
more than its share of bitter moments, but I can only 
say 1 have grown up and benefited from the experi- 
ence, I leave with no regrets. 

To my roomates Robert Draper and Dan Zaiewski 
Dan your humor made me forget the pain of my VMI 
problems, Robert your sound advice got me through 
those problems, thanks guys for being there with a 
dollar or support, finer friends and roomates, I could 
not have asked for. To the many friends I have made 
here at VMI. ,»\ndy your sick humor made the good 
times better, Paul don't change your laidback atti- 
tude, it's a role model, Charles-hasta luego-Damien 
what can I say but "ack!" Chris your attitude on life 
is the closest one to mine I have ever found, remem- 
ber to be careful what you wish for — Don't stop the 
party guys, the hangover would kill us! 
Lastly to my parents Mom, Dad, wilh-out you two 
this opportunity would have never been possible, and 
with-out your support I never would have made it, 
you two gsave me the will to stay, you are the most 
important people in my life and I love you. 
"Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious 
is to die daily" — Napoleon 

Dykes — 1985 Kurt Iverse 
— 1991 Jeff Pence 

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James Morrison Mumma 

Thomas Salvatore Munno 

Paul Christopher Murray 

Moomoo, Mumms, Hips 

Marine Corps — Civil Engineering 

Stafford, Virginia 

Cadet Program Board 3, 2 President 1. Pistol Team 
4, Vice President 3, Co-captain 2; Ring Figure 1988 
Co-chairman; Illegal Car Club 4, 3. 2; Cadre 4. 3, 2; 
Cpl 3, Sgt 2, Lt I; Public Relations Committee 2 
VMI Firefighters 3. 2; Mystery Roomate 3, 2, I. 

Hodils, Skip 

Special Student — Civil Engineer 

West Islip (Long Island), New York 

Ring Figure Hotel Committee Chairman 2; 
ASCE 4. 3, 2, 1; Number One Club 4; 
Illegal Car club 2; Timmons Music Society; 
Photo Session 3; Ranker 3, 2. 1 

Special Student — History 
Great Falls. Virginia 

TCFC Co Representative; Co Guide on bearer I; 
Summer School 85.86.87; Pvt 4, 3, 2. 1. 

I learned alot while here and I wouldn't have traded 
the experience for anything- Before I move on to 
bigger and hopefully belter things I want to say 
thanks: First to Mom and Dad, Mort and Anne — 
knowing you were there even though you thought I 
wasn't made the difference. Ed. Gus. Greg and Sam 
— you put up with a hell of a lot but so did I — 
Thanks — and it is still my fault — Wasn't the 
blackhole and Winotunnel fun? Tom, Andy. Jim. 
Tim — thanks for making it interesting. As this 
chapter closes I can only say it's finally over. Let the 
real show begin. 

Why VMI? I think somewhere in the deep recesses of 
my mind 1 had to punish myself. To this day. I can't 
figure it out. sometimes you do something you don't 
realize why you did it until it's over. VMI took a high 
school punk and through massive abuse, incredible 
restrictions and horrible cooking made me realize 
what a blessing it was to have my parents. I've 
learned to respect and love them all the more. Thank 
you both for coping with VMI's hardships for eleven 
years! I believe that everyone is a little piece of the 
people they shared life with. I was influenced by a 
few people and I would like to thank them for giving 
me some invaluable traits: Mom and Dad — my 
intellect and talents. Diane — my benevolence and 
good nature. Bob (my twin brother:VMI has made us 
inseparable) — my inspiration, wit and tact. John — 
my cunning and tenacity. Jay(more than my best 
friend, an extension of myselQ — my coolness and 
sanity. Bobby — a little craziness, Ben — a little 
more crazi-ness. and my friends(you know who you 
are) — the rest From all of you my character was 
formed. Thank you all. I hope I made you proud. To 
the next of our offspring at VMI — good luck. Ypor 
Ring is on me. 

Now I bid a farewell to the "I", the battle is over. If I 
had to do it all over. I wouldn't . 

My first year in High school was a disaster, during 
this lime I didn't picture myself going to college or 
for that matter I wondered if I'd ever get through 
high school. Luckily my parents were smart enough 
to realize I had gotten off on the wrong track so off I 
went to get my life straight. 

Everything went well at FUMA and before I knew it 
I was choosing a college to attend. VMI had always 
been in the back of my mind but I wasn't sure if I 
would be willing to give up the freedom at a civilian 
college. Anyhow my application was accepted and I 
decided to go for it. after all it was only four years. 
How hard could it be^ 

Shortly after matriculating I was seriously doubting 
my decision but soon enough I realized I wasn't 
alone. My brother rats were right there with me 
taking the good with the bad. Each day had become a 
challenge and instead of a sense of misery growing I 
began to feel a sense of accomplishment in its place. 
VMI might not be for everyone but I'm glad I came 
and yes! I would do it again. 

Dad and Mom thanks for your love, support and 
patience, you made it all possible. .'Knd thanks to my 
roomates .Andy. Charles. Rob and Ted who helped 
me keep my sense of humor when times got rough. 
One last thing — .Andy, when are we going to Vegas^ 

Dykes — 1985 Bart Williams 
— 1991 Ed Fuller 

1985 Mathew Beacroft Hamilton 
1991 Mike Robichaud. Vic Dewyea 

Dykes — 1985 Robert Gardner 

— 1991 Thomas A. Van Berschoten 

First Classl83 



Frank Vincent Musarra 

Chuckles, Fidget, Moose, Wop 

Navy — Biology B.S. 

Cleveland, Ohio 

Cpl:Sgt;Pvt liCadre 3, 2;Bomb Staff 2, 1st Class Ed. 
l;Bomb Alcoholics Soc. liHollins Regular;Marshall 
Museum;Martial Arts Club: Naval Aviation Soc. 4, 
3, Pres. 2, l;Newman 4321;PNCC:Trident Soc; 
VMI Firefighter 2, 1;VM1 Theatre; SCSC; New 
Market Honor Guard 4, 3, 2. 1. 

Well Frank. It's been 4 years of ups & downs togeth- 
er. but we finally made it. The ups — S.S.'S.S.Hollins- 
. Mining Co. .the downs — ROTC merry-go-round- 
, grades. financial aid. Thanks for all the good times 
and gray hairs. Take care. and if you ever need a hand 
just call. CAC. First of all, being First Class Editor of 
the Bomb. I feel the purpose of a senior class history is 
to relate the most important aspects of the past four 
years at VMI to those concerned. For me this is my 
family. therefore I dedicate this part to them. Mom & 
Dad though we've always had our differences you 
have meant the most to me in these past past four 
years. Without your perseverence. dedication. suppor- 
t.and most of all love.l would not have made it 
through this place. Dad, from day one you knew I 
could do it. and you never let me forget this. Though I 
didn't always admit it you have given me the sound 
advice that 1 needed. especially after the Summer of 
'87. Mom. I know that this time of your life has been 
rough, and that without your hard work I could not 
have stayed here. I want you to know that I really do 
appreciate all you have done & sacrificed for me. 
Tina & Dominic. you both have made me appreciate 
having a younger brother & sister to care for. Fami- 
ly. the best way I can make ya'll proud of me is to 
graduate. Lastly. I want all of you to know how much 
I do and always will. Love you! Mom and Dad Doo- 
ley I haven't, and won't forget you — Thanks! Dykes 
- Stick it out! 

1985 Dave Campbell 

1991 Larrv Kreiser.Pete Dillon 

Stephen Michael Neary 


Marine Corps. — History 
Virginia Beach, Virginia 

Cpl; M Sgt; Regt XO; Semper Fi; Circle K; Rat 
Council President 

Cheers to you all and many thanks. It's been an 
interesting road. I would like to thank two very spe- 
cial people, my parents. Without your words of wis- 
dom. I would not be here. Hey sisters, thanks for the 
mall and the nights out when your brother had no 
money. To my fellow DAKS. Chief Ogre, Cayce, 
Chaz.' Ric. Lou. DH. Tommy. What not. life will 
never be the same. We will never be the same. We 
will always be together in our memories: Singing in 
the rain. Ben Salem. Oceana and tequila, 8. 9. Bull- 
dogs, rides in the great Santini death machine. VISA. 
Bear Bong equation (Beast + Jim Beam -I- Gold- 
fish)= Team Chum. MBC conquest, and of course 
Mom Williams. I would like to leave you with a 
Marine quote, you've got to hang on when every 
instinct tells you to let go. Preserve and you will 
triumph." Friends, the "I" has been good for us. Let 
us be triumphant and win every battle. 

Semper Fi 
God Bless 


1985 Tate Young 
1991 Paul Recrosio 

Earl Charles Nelson 

Chuck, Chass 

Marine Corps — History/Intel. Rel. 

Mallorca, Spain 

Private 4. 3. 2, 1; FCA 4: Semper Fi Society 2, 1; 
Rugby 3: Dean's List 2: Highly Onmotivated 4, 3, 2, 
1: Buildog Platoon 2 

Four years ago I arrived in the US and at VM I at the 
same lime. That fact mixed with life at VMI and my 
crazy roommates has made it even more unique. The 
best part of VMI is the "Brother Rat" spirit. Differ- 
ent people are shoved together in old. uncomfortable 
quarters, and are subject to all of the abuse a group 
of twisted minds can think of. and end up as life long 
friends. I should know, because when I look back I 
don't know how I have survived some of the activities 
of my crazy roommates; but now that its over I'm 
glad it happened. 

Now that I am to leave this place, and all the friends 
I've made. I wonder what my life will be like. Yes, 1 
do love VMI and will miss it. 
Last, but not least. I want to thank all those people 
whose help and support have aided my successful 
completion of four years in hell. Thanks Mom an 
Dad for your love and support; thanks for helping me 
keep up with my Spanish. Paul. Rob. Andy, and Ted. 
living with you has been an experience. Good Luck to 
all of you. 


1985 Walter AS. McMann 
1991 Robin L, Pitaniello 


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William F. Nixon 

Head, Nix, Leel, Boone's Farmer 

Air Force-Electrical Engineering 

Martinsburg, West Virginia 

Rat 4; Cpl 3; Sgt 2, First Class private I; Cadre 4, 3, 
2, 1; IEEE 4, 3, 2. Pres l;S-2staff 3, 2; Arnold Air 
Soc. 2, I; Eta Kappa Nu 2. 1; Eng. Honor Society 2, 
1; Unauth. Ac. Day 4; Bomb 2nd Class Ed. 2; Gim 
Co. Btn. Comdr; Dean's List 4, 3, 2, 1; Cadet Asst. 

After 3 years of Hell, I finally feel human again. I 
would first like to thank Capt. Price, Chaplain Cau- 
dill, and my Mother and Father. Without all their 
help and understanding. 1 wouldn't be here. I would 
also like to thank all the "Heads" and Band Co after 
taps rangers (see Gansz) for making everything a 
joke and wasting study time. As for VMl. this place is 
wierd. I hope that respect and friendships will always 
be important in the future as they were here. Living 
with the 245 crew has been an experience. Even 
though we are very different, we've survived. To all 
2nd's and 3rd's in Blow Co, I really didn't mean to 
yell at ya. it was a joke. Have fun and Hay Down 
forever. Memories . , . pain, frustration, worried, 
slammed, cokes, beers, fun. cockiness, and finally, 
escape! Hopefully I won't find a Pylon in my room. 
He always walks while others run — JEM '88 
More Beer! — GCG '88 

Although Bill seemed to be goofing off, he would 
come through when the pressure was on. He should 
have been Co. Comdr. — JBD '88 
Bill was the kind of man that wanted duty and got it. 
by-God. — SGT '88 

Son, do you think you can handle canks? Doc Old 
touch me. I want to feel your body — Samantha Fox 
Bill has been my best friend these last 10 years. Not 
only has he helped me keep my sense of humor, he is 
actually helped me acquire sense of pride. — WW 


1985 Paul "Shoe" Shoemaker 
1991 Bryan Hooks 

Thongvit Noonpackdee 

Song, Noon, Pac- 


The Royal Thai Army Infantry, CE 

Rukseea Bangkok, Thailand 

Pvt 4. Cpl 3, Ph Sgt 2, 1st Bat. S-2 1, Cadre 2. I: 
ASCE 4, 3, 2, I; Tau Beta Pi President 1; Interna- 
tional Club Vice Pres 1; Distinguished 4. 3. 2; Dean's 
Honor List 4. 3. 2, I; Airborne 3; Pathfinder 3: 
Unauthorized Car Club 3. 2; Hobie Cat Fan Club 4. 
3. 2, 1; Satit Chula 18. 

My friend Obb, 

It seems like only yesterday that we were all put to 
the grindstone, our faces pressed to the sloop, heads 
shaved to the scalp, when I first heard someone re- 
mark about your "crazy last name". Since that time 
I've come to know you much better; and while your 
last name may still be a bit strange, you are certainly 
quite the opposite. Through our cultural exchanges 
as roomates. I have learned many things. 1 feel as if I 
owe you much much more than I have ever given you. 
By opening my eyes to the world you have shown me 
customs and thought far-removed from my own; and 
that the values of honor, courage, and justice are as 
strong in distant lands as they are here. 
You have been a great student, an even better teach- 
er, but above all, a true friend. You have been a 
shinning example of the man that I have always 
envied, and that which we all should strive to become. 
May fate grant you fortune and happiness always. 
M.M. Humes 9/27/87 

I would like to thank my parents. Cpt. Rukkatanyu, 
Mr&Mrs Mapunya, all the brothers in the Thai 
Army, friends & sisters of Satit Chula. Long live the 

Dykes — 1985 Norbert Jocz 

— 1991 Thankakorn Pheeraphan 

Gerald Thomas O'Buckley II 

O'Buck, Duke, Hooded Warrior, Turret 

Army Armor-Civil Engineering 
Jamaica Estates, New York 

Ranger PLT 4. 3. Bulldog 3, Tanker PLT 2. 1. Tank- 
er PLT leader 1, Private 4. 3. 2. 1. 207 crew 2. Club 
93 2. 1. Lonely hearts club I. Academically extin- 
guished 4.3.2, 1 . number 1 club, engaged 2. single I . 
uouble 4, 3. 2. 1. 

When I leave here in May. I'm going to take a lot 
away from this place. I'll have my diploma but more 
importantly, I'll have a sense of who I am. Dad you 
said I'd have to grow up someday. It took me four 
painful years, but 1 have become the man you and 
Mom have always wanted me to be. I guess that's the 
person I wanted to be also. Loyalty, duty, responsibil- 
ity; Those words have developed new meaning since I 
came here. I walk out a better man. on top of the 
world, yea. it's cold and lonely at the top. 
Looking back at the past four years, what comes to 
mind . . . stop! What am I saying'? This sounds trite. 
Let's try again — the hooded warrior strikes terror in 
the hearts, minds, and bodies of all he knows. In the 
still of the night, with Coors in hand, to sound of 
Angus Young, he embodies all the qualities of Joe 
Brown, Genghis khan, and the Marquis Desade. not 
to mention Spuds McKenzie. Oops. I forgot Sam 
Kinison. But then again, he did live in'93. What can I 
say? It's all just a refiection on the ceiling, and the fat 
lady ain't singing yet! B.A.H. 

Mom and Dad. I love you both. Synde. Paula and 
Don. thanks for putting up with me. Top. you'll al- 
ways be the bone and I love ya. 

1985 Danks Burton 
1991 .Mike Ackerman 

First Class 185 


David Andrew Omstead 

Dave, Resistor — Head, Otis 

Air Force — Electrical Engineering 

Old Tappan, New Jersey 

Pvt 4; First Corporal 3; A Co. First Sgt 2: First 
Battalion S-l 1; Cadre 3, 2. I; IEEE 4, 3, 2, 1; Air 
Force Assoc. 4. 3, 2. I; Air Force Scholarship 4, 3, 2, 
I; S-2 Tutor 3, 2; Cadet .-Xssistant 1; Rat training 
Cadre 3. 1; Airborne/A.T.P. — 87; Dean's List 4. 2. 

Four \ears at \ \1 1 has been a long and sometimes 
trying experience. The experience, however, is not 
one that I am sorry for. It has been a lesson and a 
test. Although 1 complain as much, if not more, than 
anyone else, this place is always first in my mind. It 
has been a test; a test that has built pride and experi- 
ence. More than that, however, this experience built 
an individual into a man. A lot of growing up goes on 
here; some of it painful, some of it not. Those that 
endure the test share a bond that cannot be taken 

To my dykes: Pete, I don't know what I would have 
done without you. You were always a friendly face in 
a sea of angry ones. Thanks for your hope and inspi- 
ration. Brian, my faithful rat, I hope your experiences 
here bring you much success and happiness in the 
future. Don't let this place drag you down. 
To my roomates: Mike, its only been a short time but 
its been fun. Greg, thanks for all your friendship, 
support, and some of your bad habits. Ed. what can I 
say'? Its been real, its been an experience, but I'm not 
sure that its been a real experience! Thanks for every- 
thing guys. 

To my family: I write you last because you are the 
most important. Without your support. I never would 
have made it. .'\lthough I never write, you are always 
on my mind. I love you. God bless you. 

Dykes — 1985 Peter Delano 
— 1991 Brian Makert 

Patrick Randle O'Neil 


Special Student — History 

Weatherford. Texas 

Sport Parachute club 3; CPL 3; Rat 4; Cheese coni- 
seur 3, 2, I; Idiot 4. 3. 2. I; Major change 2. 

First Mom. Dad. and Chris thank-you for your 

advice and support throughout I needed it. 

,\s far as my experience at VMI goes; 1 can't say I 
liked it and aim not sure whether it did me any good. 
Perhaps after a few years I will forget what it was 
really like and call my time at VMI a good thing. The 
friends I have here are without par and I wish them 
the best in the future. Hey. really, life isn't that bad. 
but I am glad to be going. 

Dykes — 1985 Mike Collins 
— 1991 Jim Demers 

Michael David Owen 

Chickenman, Booger, Ogre, Jupiter 

Special Student — Mechanical 


Toano, Virginia 

BSU 4321;AS.ME 4321;Dean's Other List 4321;ln- 
tramural Football 32;RFT LPNCA 4321;Big Boys 
— Summer 87:Summer Scholar 32;Col Trandel Ap- 
preciation Soc l;Club 48 32l;Barracks Librarian 
4321. Virgin Private;S-5 Tour Guide 4321 

It's finally here — the end is near, or is if Rat year 
ended with a 2.0. third with a 1.6. second with a 1.8. 
will I graduate'? Writing this in late September I 
don't know. But I do know I'll try and remember the 
good times and forget the bad. Thanks Mom. Dad. 
and you too Bill, for without your support and occa- 
sionaK?) money, I would not have made it. Room- 
mates — I'm not easy to live with — but you put up 
with me for 3 years — HOW Thanks for everything 
Diz. Don. Paul, and Brian. I'll never forget you guys. 
Craig — take the advice my dyke gave me — keep 
working hard — it does pay off in the end. 
Finally to all of my friends — you guys kept me going 
when I wanted to quit. Big Daddy Pete. Spud. Todd, 
and Macon, also Cujo. Stinky, Sev. and Greg, also 
the crowd in 46. you guys kept nic laughing when I 
didn't know I could. Thanks John and Dave for keep- 
ing me informed about what was due. I know I wor- 
ried you guys to death. Kip — out of six, the two most 
likely to fail made it. Thanks. You deserve it. 
In 4 years the hardest question is still "why VMI?" 
There is still no single answer. Is it worth if? I don't 
know that answer either. It is true — the more you 
learn, the less you know. I still can't believe I'm 

Dykes — 1985 Gary VV (Ranger) Klein 

— 1991 Craig S (Nannerhead) Arms 



Edward Robert Page 

Car, Pager, Mustapha 

Air Force — History 

Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania 

Ral 4; Pvt 3, 2. 1; F.C.A. 4; Newman Club 4, 3, 2. 
J A.W.S. 3. 2. 1; Oreo Parly 3, 2. 1; Whipped 4, 3, 

It is at times like this that 1 wish I were a poet, an 
orator or at least someone with a belter command of 
the English language than myself. Nevertheless I'll 
have to make do. So this is it, I am given these few 
lines to sum it all up and to, in my own feeble way, 
express thanks to so many people. 
You know the saying, time flies when you're having 
fun'? Well maybe fun isn't quite the right word, but it 
has gone by quickly. Then again ther were moments; 
Hops, Blue-whales, Ring Figure, and Oreo Parties. 
^■cs the memories both good and bad will be around 
for years. 

Four years ago 1 only dreamed this. It was hard but I 
didn't do it alone, 1 couldn't have. Mom, Dad, 1 owe 
you so much, for raising me right and for not allowing 
me to quit. I hope I've made you proud. Michelle you 
were always there when I needed someone. We made 
it together. Margie, Herb, and all my friends, lets 
party. Aunt Conic. I'm grown up now, but you may 
still 'call me "the Baby." 

Trent, Brent, .Andy, you guys are the best. 1 only hope 
1 was as much fun to the room with as you were. We 
never solved thje mystery of the universe or figured 
out how women think, but we sure had fun trying. 
Our years together are over, but the friendship is not. 
P.S.'"Yo Adrian. 1 did it." 

Dykes — 1985 Jeff Norris 

— 1991 Nervin G. Woodside 

Garith Charles Palme 

Bone, Mad-Dog, Peace Frog, Jeep 

Army Armor — English 

Fairfax, Virginia 

VMl Theatre 4, 3; VMl Tanker Platoon 3; Wrestling 
I; Barracks Bartender 4. 3. 2; Number One Club 3; 
VMl Theatre Fiasco 3; Unauthorized Motorist 4. 3. 
2: VMl Englished Society 1; Corporal; Sergeant; 

■As I look back over the past four \'ears. I can easily 
say that "These are the times that try men's souls." 
Though times are not always good, they are more 
often belter than worse. It has been said on more 
than one occasion, that you can't make it through this 
place by yourself It is for precisely this reason that I 
want to thank all of you who got me through. Those 
whom I'm speaking of, and you know who you are, 
have a very special place in my heart. You will not be 
forgotten. Perhaps the best part of this "long, strange 
trip" is that none of you have abandoned me. Every- 
one who was there to send me off is here to say 
congratulations. To all of you go my heartfelt thanks 
and appreciation. When times were tough, your sup- 
port was priceless. I would not change a moment of 
my cadetship yet, I would never repeat a moment 

Dad, your pride and support have been the driving 
force. As much as I have done this for you. Never say 
die. Mom, your love is invaluable. Though I am sorry 
for all the sleepless nights, they were not in vain. 
Kimberly, drive on little sister, your optimism speaks 
through your smile. Grandparents — Thanks for the 
wisdom and advice. Russ — Thanks Dr. — Here's to 
you and '56. Scott, some things will never change — 
thanks brother. Monica, thanks for being all you are, 
I love you. 

Micheal Vincent Pannell 


Army — Civil Engineering 

Olive Branch, Massachussetts 

F Troop Virgin Private; College Republican 3. 2. 
Firefighters 2. 1; International Relations Club 3. 
.ASCE I; Summer School 4. 3. 2. 1 

It's often been said that nothing worth while in life 
comes easy. VMl certainly holds this true. Often I 
look back to my third tour of Calculus I, and remem- 
ber the bad feeling I had because I kept failing at 
something I was trying to do. Things are still not easy 
here, but one thing VMl has taught me over the years 
is how to pick myself up. and start over again. 
What I will probably cherish most when I look back 
upon my years at the "I" is the strong friendships 
that developed for me there. The 22 crew has had 
many good and bad times together, and many bad 
times we turned into good times. John, Ted, Don, 
Dave, and Rusty; you were all great. I don't think 1 
can put into words what you've all meant to me. 
Finnally, I would like to thank my parents, for with- 
out them, this could never be possible. Both of you 
have supported me lOO^t financially and morally. 
In closing, just remember. No matter how desperate 
the situation may be. regardless of how far behind 
you may seem to be in the gruelling race of life, just 
keep one thing in mind: Dominoe's Pizza delivers in 
half an hour, or it's free. 


1985 Karl W. Marks 

1991 Edward W. Dunnington 

Dykes — 1985 Lou Primavera 
— 1991 Matt Gaddis 


First Class 187 


John Vonderarryle Parrott 

JP, Hardrock, Iggy 

Army — History 

Williamsburg, Virginia 

Football 4, 3, 2, I; FCA 4. 3. 2; Baseball 4. 3. : 
Promaji 4, 3, 2, 1; Rat Council 1; Monogram 3, '. 

When people ask me why I decided to come to VMI, 
I tell them that I wanted to play football and baseball 
but when they ask me why did I stay I tell them 
because of my family at home and the people who in 
some ways became my family at VMI. In my four 
years at VMI I, like many of my Brother Rats, had 
some pretty rough times, and because of my Brother 
Rats, professors, alumnus, coaches, and employees of 
the Institute. My years at the "I" were a little less 
frustrated. I really don't think I could have made it if 
not for my VMI family and I know I would not have 
made it without my real family to see the proud face 
and hear such proud voice gave me an inner-strength 
I did not know existed. I will never forget the love and 
friendship you all have given me. 


P.S. "Love don't make the world go around, but it 
does make the trip worthwhile." 
— Unknown 

Dykes — 1985 Mike Wooten 

— 1991 Wavne Purccll.Turner Mebane 

Stephen Christpher Pearson 

Steve, Elf 

Navy, Surface Warfare — EE 

McLean, Virginia 

Religious Council 3, 2, 1; Illegal Car Club 3. 2; IEEE 
1; Navigators 3, President 2, 1; Pvt. 4, 3, 2. 1; Rat 
Training, House Mountain 1 ; Bermuda Trip 4. 3 1/2, 
2 1/2; Summer School 3, 2; OCF 2 

"Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's 
will for you in Christ Jesus" 1 Thes. 5:18 

Although it is hard for me to give thanks for every- 
thing that has happened in the last four years. I will 
always be thankful that I came here and experienced 
life at the "I", VMI has taught me many things on 
Honor. Respect. Discipline, and friendship that 1 will 
always hold in high regard. 

To Mom and Dad — Thanks for all your love and 
support. I don't think I would've lived this place if it 
wasn't for you. 

Mr. & Mrs. Brush and Myra — You gave me free- 
dom by opening your houses to me. Without your 
love I would've gone insane. Thanks for keeping my 

To my roommates Jim. Ted, and Derek — I'm glad 
you were able to put up with me. It was great room- 
ing with you all. 

Mark and John — I guess the days of arguing in labs 
and late studying in the EE rooms are over. 
To the EE's — Yes, I have an old test!! 
Well I guess this is it — Four years of my life has 
gone by at the "I" — some good, some bad but all 
worth the price of getting a VMI diploma. 

Dykes — 1985 Jeb Wilkmson 
— 1991 Walt Rogers 

Don H. Pham 

Shamer, Slime II 

Army — Physics 

Fairfax, VA 

Fencing 4, 3. 2, I; Private 4, 3, 2. 1; Sigma Pi Sigma; 
Who's Who 1; Club 48 3. 2, 1,; PNCA 4, 3, 2, 1; 
Cadet Assistant 3. 2. 1 

Coming to VMI is the most challenging thing that 
I've ever done in my life, having gone through the 
Rat Line and survived the academic challenge. I 
rmally arrive at graduation which I have always 
looked forward to. Of course I could not have met 
this challenge by myself, so I would to use this oppor- 
tunity to thank my sister, my brother, and the most of 
all. my Brother Rats. 

I had many good times at the "I" and many bad times 
too of course, like answering specials and marching 
PT's. but without these bad times I would have not 
known the good times. I share most of the good times 
with my roommates and many laughs. 
Hev Diz. are you asleep yet'? Paul, the Glee Club 
President. Mike, wake up! USMC! HA. HA, HA! 
Brian, you are a true red spic. 

Dykes — 1984 Bill Dyer "Wildman" 
— 1991 Jack Chen "Smilyjoe" 

188 First Class 




Thanh Tung Phan 

D-Man, T-Square 

Navy-Civil Engineering 

Richmond, Virginia 

Ass. Instructor, VMI Martial Arts Club 2, 
3, 2, 1; Weekend-Man 4, 3, 2, 1. 

Only a few years back, I was walking around VMI 
with my head shaved.chin touching my chest.and my 
arms tightly beside my body. I fmally realized that "I 
am a rat" and it took a while before 1 could accept 
this place as "A home away from home." Now it's 
time for me to walk another road of life, a longer and 
wider road to the future. Behind me are days filled 
with memories; memories that no one can ever under- 
stand e.xcept for VMI men. Those long winter days- 
, lonely Saturday nights, and rainy Sunday afternoon- 
s;all of these we shared together at the Institute. Each 
one of us will step a different direction, but inside 
ourselves these memories live on and will never fade. 
Good luck in the future Brother Rats. 
I would like to take this opportunity to express thanks 
to my family. Without your help none of this could be 
possible. I would also like to thank my grandparents, 
uncles, and my friends. I would like to give special 
thanks to Em Yeu, your love and support are deeply 
inside my heart. And most of all, 1 thank God for 
shining the lights and guiding me through darkness. 
To my parents: My arms are to fight for my country, 
my soul is always loyal to Viet Nam, my love is for my 
family, and my honor is for myself. 
Viet Nam — Dong Doi Rong Tien 

Lance Franklin Pickering 

Pick, By-Tor, Lancor — 

Marine Corps-History 

Atlanta, Georgia 

Football 4, 3, 2, I; College Republicans 3, 1; Society 
of Naval Aviators 3, 1; Cadet staff I; Parrothead 
Club 4, 3, 2, 1; Number I Club 4. 4, 3. I; HMWHC 
4, 3, 2, 1; Virgin Private; The Underworld 1; FCA 3, 
1; PSA 1; Stay Tuned. 

Well, here I am finally in my first class year, sort of. 
So far my cadetship has been far form perfect. Pve 
probably spent more time on confinement than off 
and as a result I won't be able to graduate with my 
class. Some people feel that 1 should be bitter be- 
cause of this and because of the things that have 
happened to me. I'm not. My experience has helped 
me grow and mature. I've also learned who my real 
friends and Brother Rats are and who aren't. To 
these people: Curren, Jim, Uncle Vic, Dave, and 
everybody else, I'd like to thank you for your help 
and support. My experiences and brief exile have also 
helped me to get to know some of my Brother Rats 
better. People like Ted, Bo, Mike, and Frank. I'd also 
like to thank my rat roommates for through the Rat- 
line. Most of all I'd like to thank my parents for their 
love and support. I love you. 
To close I'd like to quote a Jimmy Buffett song called 
"He Went To Paris" that pretty much sums up my 

"Some of it's magic. 

Some of it's tragic. 

But I had a good life all the way" 


1985 Victor J Bernet 

1991 Nguyen P Cuong, George K Hale 


1985 Steven Hagan 

1991 Paul "Nefarious" McKinney 

David Alexander Pitts 

Sham Co Commander 

AF Drone Pilot-Mechanical Enganier 

Richmond. Virginia 

Student Director of VMI Sportsmedicine Depart- 
ment I, 2, 3; Sportsmedicine Staff 4; Secretary of 
Student Engineermg Council I; .Member of .ASME 
I, 2, 3, 4 

When I matriculated on 1 5 August 1 984, 1 came with 
only one goal to achieve a Mechanical Engineering 
degree. There were many times in my four year sen- 
tence that 1 thought I would not make it.but some- 
how I overcame the obstacles. So it is with this oppor- 
tunity that I would like to express my appreciation 
for those people who helped me through my many 
trying times. It takes very special people to live to- 
gether in a five man room for five semesters. Steve. 
J.D.. Bonkie and my roommate since Rat year Sean, 
you are very special to me . and I hope we will always 
be in touch. My friends in the Training Room Char- 
lie. Kenny. Tom, Mike, Van and all the assistants, 
you added the civilian dimension to my time here that 
I needed. My biggest thank you must go to my fam- 
ily, whose never-ending support showed me many of 
the good times and made me believe I could make it 
through the bad. Mom and Dad. you have been and 
always will be the greatest inspiration of my life. 
Holly, Killem, and Bill, you to have also given me 

To be a VMI .ME requires total dedication to 
achievement; this dedication is evident in all the 88 
ME's. In our four year history we have been subject- 
ed to many a late night, but we made through togeth- 
er, Congrats BR ME's. 

Bond, you were a good Rat, I know you will make it 
at this place, stick it out. 

Dykes — 1985 Byron Cole 
— 1991 Chris Bond 

First Class 189 

^j,ai^sum9JimaLiK \maaiimm 

Richard Brian Pitts 

Skippy. Mom. Rose Lips 

Navy — English 

Erie, Pennsylvannia 

Rat 4. CPL 3. Guide SGT 2. PVT 1. TCFC — 88, 
\av\ three >ear scholarship, VMl, Fire fighter l,S-.'i 
tour guide 1, Escape from number ] club 2. 

The lime has come lo say good-bye to VMl. I have 
served m\ term and conquered all of the obstacles 
that have been set before me. Believe me it wasn't 
easyl All of the sweat parties, forced marches, cadre, 
and rat training makes me sometimes wonder how I 
made it this far without losing my sanity. As I ap- 
proach the end of my cadetship I would like to thank 
my parents for all of their support throughout these 
four years. Thanks Mom and Dad! I would also like 
to say good luck to Geoff, Chris, and Hammond. 
Thanks for all of the good times! Take care of your- 
selves and keep in touch. Good luck to Allen, Mike, 
and Jim. May you find success in all of your future 
endeavors. All I have left to say, in immortal words of 
Bill the cat, is ,.\ck! 

Terry Lawrence Plunk 

Ned. Ker. Tater Head. KerPlunk 

Army Corp of Engineers — Civil 


Vinton. Virginia 

Corporal, Color Sergeant, Captain, Ring Figure 
Honor Guard, VMl Drug and Alcohol Committee 2, 
I, Brew Crew — 02 3, 2, 1. Busch Gods-Boomvang- 
Beefbovs alliance, Sklar-Pitts-Bever club 448 1985 

How can \ou describe your experiences of a place for 
which \ou have mixed emotions? The part of VMl 
that means a great deal to me is the friendships I 
developed while being here. As the years go by, the 
goodtimes and stand out while the trying times fade 
offinto distant memories. I have to thank my room- 
mates for making my cadetship the most fulfilling 
time of my life. Thanks for getting me through those 
times when VMl seemed like hell and UVa like heav- 
en. I must also thank Bobby, Joey, Drew,and Mr & 
Mrs Clark for the goodtimes and the best for last, I 
must remember those who supported me and felt the 
same feelings of pain and happiness as I did. Mom, 
Julie, and Teresa, thank you for supporting me when 
I needed you. You carried me when I could not go on 
and gave me strength to make it through another day. 
Dad, even though you are no longer with us, I still 
remember the things you taught me, and I will "plow 
to the end of the row" until we meet again. I love you 
Mom, Teresa, Julie, and Dad. 
"How many times can one women fall down the 
stairs?" John. "As many times as necessary to change 
her attitude!" Mark. "I'm from Texas — see my 
drivers license", Sam. "Hey, bra, will you do me a 
favor?" Jim. "I am taking a 'day", Ker. Let me go out 
- I want to blister in the sun-Violent Femes Let's 
Rock Reabone 

Dvkes - 1985 Daniel M. Wismewski 
— 1991 Allen J. Duda 


1985 Mick "Pineapple Head " Chang 
1991 Andrew "Redbonc" Lawrence 

William Brian Powers 

Bigman, Bull. Furball. Bullfrog. 


Special Student — Mechanical 


Merritt Island. Florida 

Football 4, 3, 2, 1; Wrestling 4; Monogram Club 4; 
Preseason Injury Club 3, 2 

I'm glad I came here, but Fm glad Fm leaving! Why 
do we come to VMl? Who cares! The question is why 
do we stay?!? 1 stayed because . . . uhh, well, oh yeah! 
It was because . . . uhhh. well, uhhh ... I stayed 
because. Yeah! That's it! Because! Because . . . 
I've learned a lot by staying here, good and bad. First 
I'll talk about the good., well, enough of that! But 
really, to be serious for a moment, (onlyfor a mo- 
ment.) I stayed for the challenge, the education, and 
the people. What challenge? Well, the challenge of 
waking up at five minute call and making it to forma- 
tion by second round for BRC. Of course the real 
challenge, however, is really unexplainable. 
The education' That's a given. 
The pocple' Oh Boy! Everyones different, but there 
arc those that make it much better here. I wouldn't of 
made it without 'em. John, "click", turn it on. Rob, 
slept in a boat lately? Dave, we've got five minutes, 
got the number'' Kipper, are you spent? Frank, let's 
go camping! Stonewall Dave. BOOM, FFFFK! Sha- 
lom Ha Ha. I want my records back! He had it on! 
But seriously. Stereo me bought. I'm blind. I bought 
a stereo. Have you seen 'em? Chocolate cake. Per- 
sonally I'm furious. Foammaster. Drink. The red bal- 
loon. Laura Solider! Joe and Melissa. Boy. another 
good deal! Thank you bro's and thank you Gramps! 
Thanks Doc! All's well that ends well! 

Dvkes 1985 Ron "Mailboy" Reimann 
— 1991 Harris Hollans Smiley 



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Tony Andreas Putre 

Tony — 


Navy — Economics 

South Hero, Vermont 

Private 4. 3, 2, I; Corporal 3, Flood Relief Winos 3, 
JM Hall Ghostbuslers 3, Deans Other List 3, Club 
63, Deans List 2, Summer Scholar 3, S-5 Tours 2, 
Barracks Burners 3, 2; Cadre Guard 2; Scuba Club 
1, Firefighter 2. I; Bloodweekender 4, 3, 2. 1; Pistol 
team I . 

When I showed up at VM I 4 years ago, I was alone, 
had never been to VMI before and knew basically 
nothing about the "1"; that was probably the best 
way to come here. WHen you don't know what to 
expect, you always prepare for the worst — 1 wasn't 
disappointed. The 4 year journey through hell is al- 
most complete and I have no regrets. 
To John and Carl, these last few years have held a lot 
of great laughs, good parties and some serious rag 
sessions. I will never forget you guys! To Neice and 
Rox, thanks for always making sure 1 didn't feel left 
out, you two are the greatest and will always be very 
special to mc. To my family, thanks for putting up 
with me, especially these last 4 years. You never 
understood me or VMI but who does? 
Well BR's, it's time to take on the real world, you 
know we've got it by the BA S! 

End book #1 of a continuning saga 

Stephan Quintavalli 

Quint, Squint, Pretty Boy 

Army Infantry — Economics 

Quantico, Virginia 

Rat 4; International Club 3, 2, 1; Tanker Pit 3; 
Young Republicans 2, I; Scuba Club 1; The Secret 
Sock Club 3, 2, I (Sole Member and Founder); Pri- 
vate 4, 3, 2, 1; Intramural Boxing 2, I. 

Why'.'Why did you go there''That's all people seem to 
say to me. Well finally I found the answer. I wanted to 
be a gung-ho Army officer, plus I wanted to go to a 
school where I wouldn't have to make time to PT and 
Study!!(Yea,l liked the pretty grey uniforms too) 
When I came here I was young and naive now I've 
seen the light. The Army isn't what 1 thought it would 
belt's just like any organization, unorganized. None 
the less I'm still going in. Now PT,1 had no idea we 
would do the things we did.l always thought PT was 
physical training not psychotic torture. Those were 
my reasons and now they've faded. So why am I still 
here?Ask Mom and Pop. 

Ach,meine geliebte Eltern.l did appreciate all those 
rat week-ends. If it wasn't for you I'd be at O.D.U. 
I'm glad I stayed. You've helped so much especially 
financiallylll'm dearly too little 
and I stress little sis,and all the Bald-winettes.Thanks 
for those intense parties and other activities, (let's not 
get carried awa\ now.) 

One more thing, thanks's over.thank 
God. Get me out of here,Help,someone,Arggl!Not 
you again, go away, stop, Bonkie where are you?'?0- 
h.onc last word UrrrrrpllHee Hee.I love Santa! 

Dykes — 1984 Ron Lewonski, Matt Martin 
— 1991 Daniel Joseph 


1985 Steve Motylinski "Mots" 
1991 Quit (Thanks Bonkie) 

George William Reagan 

Army — History, International Studies 
Montgomery, Alabama 

Rat 4; Cpl 3; Cadre Sgt 2; Pvt I; Airborne; Ranger 
Platoon 3; Rmg Design Committee 3, 2; AFT 2; 
Dean's List 3, 2, 1; Secretary-Treasurer International 
Relations Club I; W&M Road Tripper 3, 2, 1; Rack 
Mon-ster 4, 3, 2. I; Relieved I. 

.•\ good many people have asked me why an otherwise 
rational person would spend four years at a place like 
VMI, and 1 ve found I can't really explain. Sometimes 
I don't even know myself.When it comes right down 
to it, all I can say is that I don't expect to ever meet a 
better group of guys. or one I'd be prouder to be 
associat-ed with. And I suppose that's justification 
enough. My class ring will always be one of my most 
treasured possessions. 

Mom. Dad, and Phillip. thanks for your support. I ap- 
preciate all the food packages, cards, letters. and status 
slips — they helped keep me going so far from home. 
Tanya.thank you for bearing all the trials of dating a 
cadet so well.l know it wasn't easy on you either. Your 
letters and our visits kept me from climbing the walls. 
Dan.Andre.and was great rooming with 
you. It's a shame we all live so far apart, but I guess 
there will always be reunion weekends to see what 
kind of trouble we can get into!Good luck to each of 

John. you've got a long three years ahead of you. I 
hope that in some way I've helped prepare you for 
it. Hang in there! 
To my Brother Rats, good luck!! 

Dykes — 1985 Brian A. Burton 
— 1991 John D. Shorter 


Bradly Scott Reed 

One of the fellas 

Navy — Civil Engineering 

Vienna, Virginia 

Private 4, 3. :. 1; Corporal 3; Circle K Club 3. 2, I; 
Naval Aviators 4. 3. 2. 1; Illegal car club 2; GM 
Crash Dummy 2; Dean's List 3; Number 1 Club 4; 
SCSC 3. 2, I; Chessie Trail Gang 4. 

Looking back over the past four years here at the "I". 
one thing stands out over the sometimes somewhat 
seeming ridiculous rules and regulations. That one 
thing is the friendships that have been built. Things 
come and go, like confinement, but the memories and 
friends I have 1 know will never go. Mike and Jim, 
How can 1 thank you? I don't know whether or not I 
could have made it without you, but I do know it 
wouldn't have been nearly as fun. Thank you both for 
everything. Swien, well what can I say, you are one of 
a kind. .Mark, we have only roomed together for a 
short time but have already had a blast. I am sure 
that there will be many more good times to come. To 
the rest of my friends, you all know who you are we 
have done it. Together we have somehow made this 
place tolerable and managed to have some fun while 
we did it. You guys are the greatest — keep in touch. 

Finally, I would like to thank my entire family, espe- 
cialy my mother and father. Thank you for all your 
support an love. You made it possible for me to make 
it when no one else, including myself, did not think it 
was feasible.. I am in debt to you forever. I love you 
more than words can describe. 

Dykes — 1984 Keith "Mango" Mangum 
— 1991 Marshall "Buckey" Bridges 

Mark Reilly 

Radar. Patty 

Special Student — Civil Engineering 

Kernersville, North Carolina 

Soccer 4,3,2, 1 ; Private 4, 3, 2, 1 ; OGA 1 ; Plug -n- 
Chug I, Club "12" 4, 3, 2; Chessie Trail Gang 4 

The roller coaster ride is finally coming to an end. 
My cadetship has been one that is considered by 
others as a prestigious one. I never really held rank 
and my grades have never been that great, but I feel 
that I will be walking away from VMI with some- 
thing special. Everything I have learned has not been 
solely academic. I have had the oportunity to learn 
about people, and about myself. I have grown in a 
way; that is what is special about VMI, because it 
makes us different from everyone else. 
Without the continous support of many people, I may 
not be writing this. I sincerely thank you Mr & Mrs 
Plucinski for all that you have done for me, without 
you I never would have considered VML To Brad- 
, Mike, Jimmy, Brian. and Clark, thanks for being true 
friends, you helped to make it bearable. Well Darin, 
we're almost done. We've been friends for four years 
and I hope our friendship will remain strong across 
the miles and time. Thanks to all others that 1 be- 
came friends with. 

It's almost that lime Mom, Dad, and Sharon. You 
were always there when I needed the support to stay 
here, thanks. You gave the strength to keep going and 
helped mc make it all possible 

Dykes — 1985 Rich Williams 

— 1991 Steve Ferrazzano 

Thomas Francis Reimann 

Fletch, Babycakes 

Navy — Mechanical Engineering 

Bainbridge, Washington 

Honor Court 2, Pres 1; Class Historian 3, Vice Pres 
2; Cpl 3; Sgt 2; Lt. 1; Tau Beta Pi 2, 1; Douglas 
Carter France Award 2; Militarv Order of the World 
Wars 3; Student Eng. Council 1; ASME 4, 3. 2, 1: 
Newman Club 4, 3, 2, I; Refrigerator in room 3 

It is difficult to grasp the fact that our four years at 
the "1" are coming to a close. In some ways, 19S4 
seems like yesterday, yet in other ways it seems like 
centuries ago. Nonetheless, my experiences over 
these past four years are invaluable and to give them 
up would mean giving up an honor system unparal- 
leled in its standards., a quality education — aca- 
demically, militarily, and physically, and an unbreak- 
able bond between brother rats that far exceeds 
todays definitions of unity, friendship, hardwork. and 

It would be impossible for a man to make it through 
four years of VMI alone. For this reason. 1 thank all 
of my Brother Rats for the time, understanding, and 
cooperation you have given me throughout our cadet- 
ship — especially second class year. Kirk and Bobby, 
you guys are great — lets go camp on House Moun- 
tain sometime. Walt, Dave, and Aubrey — it is hard 
to sum up three years togather on one line — thanks 
for everything — "Holy Smokes", "Say 'Huh' for a 
big one!" Most of all, thank you Mom, Dad, Ron, 
Tim, Carolyn, JM, Matt, and relatives for your con- 
stant support and understanding; and to Mele, who 
made a tremendous difference in my last two years, 
thanks for being there. 

"He cannot claim his chosen fame only dreams about 
it, the purchase price is sacrifice let no one ever doubt 

Dykes — 1985 Andy "Sweetpea" Mock 
— 1991 Hans Heeders 

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Charles Vitsky Richardson Jr. 

C.V., V.T., Chuck, Summer School 


Navy — Electrical Engineering 

Richmond, Virginia 

Commanders 4, 3, 2. 1; Firefighters 3, 2. 1; IEEE 4, 
3. 2, 1; CWRT 4, 3, 2, 1; VMI Theatre 4, 2, 1; Naval 
Aviators 3; Investment Club 1; Debate Team 3 

I guess this is the time when I'm suppose to thanli the 
T for all it's done for me; for what it's made me . . . 
but I won't because it hasn't. I will however thank 
those responsible. First Mom, Dad and Craig. The 
time away from home has been rough, thanks for the 
support, the money and the trips up here. It made life 
a little more bearable. Thanks Byron and Kurt for 
your help rat year. Dave, you lifting stud, I enjoyed 
the attempt at becoming big and burly. Neal, the 
trips to Lex. and Richmond were fun. Room 139, 
thanks for making life a little more surreal. And to 
Doc and Thanh — I hope both of you do well and 
keep in touch. You were great roommates. Now we 
turn our attention to room 137. Frank the roommate 
who stayed. I know you had to put up with alot from 
me the past three years, but I'm glad you stayed. I 
guess you were the only one who could take it as fun. 
Tom "the notorious' Bledsoe, the past two years have 
been alot better with your return. I even missed your 
constant complaining. To the diseased Mike Cole- 
man. You were the constant brunt of jokes but never 
got mad. Thanks for that and more. I've seen alot of 
myself in you. And Tmally Matt. We've been together 
nearly the entire past four years and I think I'm lucky 
for it. You laughed at my jokes and helped make sure 
37 was 'the gaming room'. You've seen more of me 
than anyone and I've had my best and worst times 
with you. Thanks. And to John, good luck. 

Ronald Scott Richardson 


Special Student — Economics 
Bluefield, Virginia 

Philip Douglas Riggleman 


Farmer. Peckerhead, Flounder 

Army — Biology BA 

Beverly, West Virginia 

Pre-Law Society; Investment Club; Semper Fi Soci- Football 4, 3, 2, I; Band (No. I Cymbal Player); 
ely; Firefighters: College Republicans; Rod and Gun Campout Crew '86; Pig Farmer 
Club; Bull-Dog Training; Football; Wrestling; Ring 
Figure Committee; Corporal 

I don't really know why I came here in August, 1984 
but after four years of "the Institute" I still don't 
know why I came. Through my four years I have had 
some hard times, mentally and physically, and some 
fun times, mostly on the weekends. There are many 
people who I owe my thanks to, without them I never 
would have made it. Thanks: Pam. Mike, Rakesha, 
Mom, Chuck, Cris, my Grandparents, Madge, Eve- 
lyn. Bonnie and RT, all of my supportive family and 
friends, many of my Br's, and my deceased father 
who was with me every day. 

To my roommates of four/three years I am especially 
greatful. Together we stayed cheerfull by Trnding hu- 
mor in almost every situation. We stayed close by 
telling each other our problems, but after four years I 
kow that we will always understand each other no 
matter how far apart we are. I am also glad to have 
lived one year with Lou. He made our last year 
pleasant and I wish him luck. I am thankful for Pam, 
she gave me something to look forward to on week- 
ends, furloughs, summers and in our future. I am 
happy to have spent the last six years with her and her 
family and I hope to spend many more with them, I 
am lucky to have such a supportive family, they were 
always there when I needed them. I know I will never 
forget the friends I have made here in my four years 
and I wish the best for them. 

The time has come to say so-long to this wonderful, 
happy place that we have substituted as a home for 
four years. Memories and friends that I have made 
here will stick with me forever as well as the mental, 
social and emotional dents on my brain will. Thanks 
Mom. Dad. Bob. Noodle and Shell for your support, 
but more thanks are deserved for coming and taking 
me away from this place. Without you this place 
would be totally unbearable. Looking back I guess I 
could write a few sentences and never include a nega- 
tive word, but that is what makes this place unique. 
One shouldn't enjoy there cadetship while he is here 
to get the full effect of V.M.I. That being the case I 
can easily assert that I have aquired the full V.M.I, 
effect. I have heard said that anything worth having 
doesn't come easily; I am hoping and betting that this 
experience is worth it. 

Adam. Jas. and Lew this paragraph will be short. I 
haven't much to say and If it needs saying then I have 
failed in my actions. It has been an experience. All of 
you take it easy and the best of luck. 
Joe and beau keep the O.l tight, kick ass and take 
names. Don't let Pry and Big Red get you down. 
Col. Harbach; the Citadel meeting meant and means 
alot to me. Take care. I have endeavored to persevere 
. . . "Peckerhead" 

Dykes — 1985 Byron Cole 
— 1991 John Gray 

Dykes — 1985 Dan Murphy 

— 1991 Doug Thompson 

Dykes — 1985 Greg Enterline 
— 1991 Mike Hollowav 

First Class 193 

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Danny Wilson Riley 

Dan, DW, Puke, Joe, Rocky, Wave 

Air Force Pilot — Mechanical 


Manassas, Virginia 

Rat 4; Cpl 3; Sgt 2: Cadre Lt. 1 ; 335 abc Rep; Dean's 
Other List; Firefighters 2, 1; AAS 4. 3, 2, 1; ASME 

4. 3. 2. 1 

Well it's almost over. For a while there I didn't think 
rd make it. These past four years have been full of 
experiences, not all of them good, but experiences 
nonetheless, The good times were few and far 
between. but when they came along — Look Out! 
Because we always made the best of them. I'd like to 
thank the boys that made the good times possible, 
Doup, Chico.Hambo, Frank. Here's to yalThe rest of 
you guys know who you are and remember, there's 
always a cold beer in my fridge for you. Just do me a 
favor and save me one! 

I'd like to thank my family for all the support they 
have given me. Mom, Greg, I couldn't have done it 
without your help. Dave, I love you and think you're 
the greatest!Dad,l hope I've made you proud of me 
and 1 hope you've gotten as many memories out of 
this place as I have. I feel like you went through 
V.M.I with me , , . Thanks Dad. 
Lastly I want to thank my sweetheart. Ann you are 
wonderful for waiting for me and putting up with all 
my crap. I know that you know this, but I can't seem 
to say it enough. 1 love you. You are beautiful babe. 
Well.BR's. take it easy and I'll be scemg you around- 
Later! DW 

Dykes — 1985 Ken Walus 
— 1991 Ken Draper 

James Wright Ring 

Army — English/ Psychology minor 
Virginia Beach, Virginia 

Pvt 4; Cpl; Mst Sgt; D. Co. XO; Religious Council 4, 
3, 2(Treas), 1(VP); Rock Climbing Club 3, 2, 1; 
Firefighters 3, 2, 1; Cadet staff 3, 2. 1; Sounding 
Brass 3; Drug and Alcohol Comm 3. 2, 1; Ring 
Figure Rock Painter 2; House Mountain Cadre 1; 
Navigators 4, 3, 2. 1 

"Who are we writing this thing to anyway'?' 
Throughout my 4 years at VML 1 have often won 
dered to myself as to why I have enjoyed my cadet 
ship so much. And to this day, I'm still wondering 
It's certainly not because 1 enjoyed those things tha. 
everybody else hated. 1 cringe to think I'd be such a 
geek. Yet, my experience has been a Positive one. 1 
would like to thank Mom and Dad for the incredible 
support they have given two sons through VML Mom 
and Dad your the best. Kirk, you're an inspiration 
and I was into rat year with you here. Robin, my 
sister, I still can't believe you married a VMl grad. I 
couldn't ask for a better sister. For a family who 
thinks VMl isn't a nice place, we sure have had a lot 
of people in our family go here. Quite a paradox, I'd 
say. ."Xside from from the present administration, 
VMl has been a good experience, and one I'm more 
than glad I've had. I can freely say, Ihave no regrets. 

Phillip G. Roberts III 

Phil, Piniped 

Navy — Economics 

State College, Pennsylvania 

Wrestling 4. 3, 2, 1; Naval Aviators 2, Vice Pres 1; 
Scuba Club 1 

When 1 got here the first day, I had no idea what was 
going to happen. Well, I made it. To the friends I met 
here — It's been great knowing you, you helped. To 
my family, thanks for everything. Chris, I don't know 
if I would have stayed here without you. Steve, try 
not to gel 62 demo's in one period again. 1 never liked 
this place, but 1 will miss the parties, the late night 
card games, and the people. Goodbye. 

Dykes — 1985 Ben Berry 

— 1991 Chris Turner 

Dykes — 1985 Chris Touhill 
— 1991 Steve Rusher 


HllMHlJWllW, l^l^|i|||Hinfffi?t?»lirflT"'iWI "ilfi\^"f\ 

F. Todd Robinson 

"T", Nip, Frank 

Air Force — Modern Languages 

Petersburg, Virginia 

Honor Court 1 ; Rugby 2, 1 ; Hop and Floor 4, 3; Rat 
Training 3, 2; Newspaper 1; Firefigliters 3; TCFC 
Treas 3, 2; Parrot Head Club 4, 3, 2, 1 ; Cpl 3; Op^ Sgt 
2; 1st Bn S-3 1; Marv Baldwin Weekend Club 

AUG. 15 1984, HELP! What have 1 done to myself? 
What do you mean . on my face and what's this 
RDC? Who's yelling at me, I can hear fine! 
Thirds, well we all know what they say about them. 
How many days till Ring Figure? Let's rock the 
Richmond Hyatt, Ah yes "A Mid Summer Night's 
Dream" one more year to go. 

Well now, here it is, 1st class year. It's hard to believe 
that the past three years have passed as quickly as 
they have and now the Fourth and Final year is here. 
And yes. I have many people to thank, such as my 
Brother Rats, professors.Col. Monsour, but most im- 
portant my Father, mother and my whole family. 
Who else could have put up with me and my many 
problems. There were times when things seemed im- 
possible, whether it was the ratline, academics, or 
just the VMI lifestyle. Times when one felt like quit- 
ting you were always there. You pushed me through 
and helped me to gain this UNUSUAL education, 
an education that showed me the right and wrong 
ways of doing things. An education that has changed 
me into a different person in some ways and kept me 
the same in other ways. 

I owe many many thanks to my Grandparents for the 
letters and the love that you gave me . Well. Au 
Revoir VML until football season and good luck to 
the class of '91. 

Dykes — 1985 Mike Adkins 

— 1991 Richard McMinn. Coley Donovan 

Gregory Eric Rollins 

Rollo, Grego 

Air Force — Civil Engineering 

Albemarle, North Carolina 

CWRT4. 3,2. 1; Firefighter 3, 2, I; ASCE 1; Cadet 
Newspaper 2; Hollins Semi-regular 3. 2. I; Asst to 
the Barracks "Inferior" Decorator I; Totaldesign 
Founder I 

The "I" is a difficult and trying place for all who pass 
through it's gates from matriculation until gradua- 
tion. No one can make this journey alone, so 1 would 
like to pay special thanks to some of those people who 
helped nic serve my 4 year term at the I. Mom and 
Dad you have endured the hardships of sending your 
oldest son to college and finally seeing him graduate. 
I owe you more than I'll ever be able to pay you back. 
Next, Rich and Greg we saw many fun times in these 
3 years. We also had our problems but things always 
worked out. You 2 have been great at putting up with 
me and helping me through some rough spots. 
Thanks and remember — the first $1,000,000 by 
2001. And finally Sherry Richards who stuck with 
me from the start of the ratline until now. You put up 
with some disappointments and hardships and you're 
still here. These 4 years haven't been easy but they 
have been fun. Thank-you for everything you have 
been and will be to me. 

To the class of 1988 I don't think 1 could have hand- 
picked a better bunch of guys. See you at the football 
games and alumni reunions. 


1983 John V. Wolfe 
1991 Michael L. Peveto 

Samuel Lawrence Russell 

Pumpkin Head, Boomvang, Smoke Eater 

Army Corps of Engineers — Civil 


Ft. Sam Houston, Texas 

Ring Figure Honor Guard; Rat Training; Firefighter; 
C Co 1st Sgt; C Co Commander; Editor Plug-n- 
Chug; Secretary VMI ASCE; Busch Gods. Beef 
Boys. Boomvang Alliance 

I'd like to thank everyone that has supported me over 
the past four years. My parents for believing in me 
and allowing me to pursue my future without pressur- 
ing me in a particular direction. I can only hope to be 
as good a parent as both of you have been. My sisters 
and brother for being perfect role models and giving 
me the advice I needed to make it through the ratline. 
My adopted parents; the Clarks. the Tuemlers. the 
MacMichaels. and Mrs. Plunk, for providing me with 
several homes away from home, and showing such 
warm hospitality. My brother rats for all the good 
and bad times we endured together that make VMI 
the ultimate in higher education. And last but most 
importantly the Boomvangs: John (Buff). Jim 
(Fuzz), Mark (Eddie Munster). and Terry (Ned), for 
the closest friendship that five guys could have; Y'all 
made this place worthwhile and not just bearable but 

Rich. I hope you have as rewarding a cadetship as I 
have had. Make the most of this place and it will be 
over before you know it. 

Finally, a warning to all the prospective cadets that 
visit VMI in the future: 
"From the outside it's a castle. 
From the inside it's a prison," 

Hank Williams Jr. 

Dykes — 1985 Fred Miller 

— 1991 Rich Coupland 


John Franklin Ryman 

Beaver. Beev. Frank, Screw 

Marine Corps — Mechanical 


Aspers, Pennsylvania 

Corporal 3; Isl Sergeant 2; Company Commander I; 
Boxing Inl/ Club 4, 3, I ; Semper Fidelis Club 4, 3. 2, 
1; Bulldog 2 

VMI? . . , Yeah, VMI. Mom, Dad, I've decided that 
I want to go to Virginia Military Insitute. "Hold it, 
there you!" Oh no, I did something wrong again, I'm 
never going to make it to Thanksgiving. Wow! That 
was so long ago. but it certainly doesn't seem like it. I 
can't believe that it is finally time to graduate. Me; 
actually working, getting paid, and supporting myself 
(even if I will be in the Marines, which is a lot 
different than being a civilian and totally indepen- 
dent.) I don't feel old or mature enough to do that. 
Third class year. High tension and physics, room 
arguments and drunken weekends at the frats. CHA- 
OS! Personal property. CRASH! You made me 
break my cup! LAAAAA! Whew! Thank goodness 
that is over. 

Second Class year — New roommate. Ring Figure. 
Well, at least I liked my ring! More chaos. SNI, the 

First Class year'? Who cares. Diploma. 1 never would 
have made it without my roommates to keep me 
relaxed and my parents to talk to and ask for advice. 
Thank You 

Rakesha Saluja 

Rocky. Francis. Punjab 
Navy — Economics 
Alexandria, Virginia 

Fencmg 2, 1; Goshen Drowning Club; Weightlifting; 
He-Man Women Haters Club; Swimming Club. 

I wish the best of luck to my two best friends Ronald 
Scott Richardson and Michael William Clegg. We 
had the best of times together. I hope to keep in 
touch, because 1 know you will, best of luck to all my 
Brother Rats in The Class of 1988 Rakesh. 

Daniel Paul Salyan 

Onion Man, Sally, Nazi Punk 

Navy (Surface Warfare) — History 

Winchester, 'Virginia 

Corporal 3; Trident Society 3, 2; Investment Club 1; 
Illegal Car Club 3; Room 168 anti-social committee 

I guess it's about time to pay a visit to the real world! 
I don't know if I have made the most of my education 
here. However, I have realized a few things. I know I 
have a caring mother and a father who has supported 
me through the good and the bad. I also managed to 
meet a wonderful girl from Connecticut who was 
actually able to put up with me! 
To my roommates and dykes: I know I've been known 
to you guys as a quiet, sadistic and anti-social cadet. 
However, I wish the best of luck to you all. Set high 
goals and obtain them! 

"Old cadets 

die, they just burn out!" 


1985 W.G. Rowlette 
1991 Pavel Lesho 


1985 J.B. Howe 
1991 None 

Dykes — 1985 Jerry Brooks 

— 1991 John T. Mislr (Teddy Ruxbin) 

196 First Class 

»!a«Hi»vii>xxvr..r:.. -i- ■ r.T^f«i»Fign»B— 


Robert Bruce Sawyer 

Rob, Roast Beef, Frodo, Beef 

Air Force — History/International Rel. 

Tacoma, Washington 

Pistol Team 4. 3, 2, Capt 1; Cadet Waiters 2, Head 
Cadet Waiter 1; Rat 4; Cpl 3; Sgt 2; Reg S-4 Lt 1; 
Academically Extinguished 4, 2, 1; Arnold Air Soci- 
ety 2. I ; Summer School Warrior 3, 1 ; Slide Ride '87 

John Domonick Scarpino 

Fish Head, JJ, Zorro 

Army — Modern 

Language/International Study 

Garden City, New Jersey 

Pvt 4. 3. 2; 2nd Lt? 1; Number One Club repeatedly; 
Rat Council ?; Fencing Team 4, 3, Captain 2, 1; 
Airborne; Beef Boys 3. 2, 1 

Michael Schenstrom 

Mike, Miguel 

Army — Electrical Engineering 

Malaga, Spain 

Private 4. 3, 2, I; Guidon I: 211 "Night Cap 

I think I came to VMI to get away from my life in 
high school, to get a fresh start. Fresh start doesn't 
even begin to describe the 1st day here. Yet it seems 
as if it followed me here. Now as I get ready to leave 
the "\", I think at last Fve found out who 1 really am. 
Life here, four years worth, cannot be expressed in 
this small space. I've grown here in many ways, yet 
we're all still kids at heart. 1 don't regret my decision 
to come here. You really do get more than just an 
academic education here. 

Mom, Dad, thanks for the love and support. Mary and 
Bill, thanks for the home-away-from-home. Di, 
thanks for being my friend and confidant. Andy, four 
years together, I consider you a brother. Murr, the 
humor kept the room tight. Do you believe in Heaven 
and Hell? Ted — "What?" Enjoy flight school and 
always remember who corrupted you. Chuck, isn't 
VMI a Hell of an introduction to the states? Have a 
glorious career in the Corps, Semper Pi, amigo. I 
can't leave out Crew 137. You guys kept me enter- 
tained on those illustrious confinement weekends. 
The Navy, it's $16.48 a day. Vid. Primo, you two 
were the best dykes a guy could ask for. 

"When we lift the covers from our feelings 

We expose our insecure spots 

Trust is just as rare as devotion 

Forgive us our cynical thoughts ..." Rush 

My time here has been spent. Learning is what this 
place is for, but no one will ever know how much. The 
toll on me for what I have learned has been high, but 
then nothing worthwhile ever came free. I have lived 
on the edge here. Many said I would be home in two 
weeks, but current events tell me four years have 
passed. It's over now and this place has been like a 
hammer hitting me on the head, once it stops it feels 
great. I'm proud of what I have done. The outside 
will never know, but then again who cares. 

Thanks to Col. Harbach 
Thanks to Maj. Tate. You are ; 
sometimes good! 

Thanks to mv family 

pain, but pain is 

I'm finally here, a moment I never thought would 
happen. As a rat the first class year felt so distant 
that I never thought it would happen. But if I did 
make it through these years it was with the help of a 
special group of people, my roomates. Rick. 1 wish 
you would have stayed an extra year, it would have 
given me a chance to tell you more of my Spanish 
sayings. I missed you and thanks for putting up with 
my unpredictable moods. Pete I've never met any- 
body with the imagination you have, you are so con- 
vincing that it has taken me 3 years to figure out what 
was true and what was a story. Also your Spanish 
notes — they always lifted my spirit when I found 
one. Hoop you were always there when I needed to 
talk to somebody and this really helped me through 
some hard times, and your "Hooper mood" which 
were a special experience. Thanks for everything 
guys. Thanks for your help Mom, Dad, and Jim. You 
were always behind me and I couldn't have made it 
without you. 

"I shall set forth for somewhere, 

I shall make the reckless choice 

Some say 'vhen they are in voice 

And tossing so as to scare 

The white clouds over them on, 

I shall have less to say. 

But I shall be gone." 

Robert Frost 


1985 Eric "Vid" Enslen 
1991 Craig "Casper" Mack 


1985 John Charles "Malachi" Malik 
1991 Stephen A. "Mo Mo" Thoma 


1985 Paul Shoemaker 
1991 Evan Brown 

First Class 197 


Gregory Bryan Secrist 

Yidowiiz, Slein, Pumpkin, Toad, Reg 


Special Student — Civil Engineering 

Buena Vista, Virginia 

Baseball 4; Space Conference Escort 2: ASCE 3,2. 1 ; 
CE Lab Assi 1 

I remember looking ahead and picturing mountains; 
hours of classes, study, and the day-in, day-out rou- 
tine, accustomed to those who live at the "I", lay 
before me. Now, svhen I look back at those long 4 
years. I see a trail blazed over these mountains and 
look upon my travels with gratitude. I thank God for 
His strength and for giving me those special people 
who helped me make it. I really did not think I could 
make it even though Mom and Dad thought differ- 
ent. Thanks for never giving up on me when I did. I 
love you both. As for the special woman of my life, I 
could not have made it without you by my side. You 
gave me love, happiness, and motivation when I need- 
ed it the most. The future is ours. Donna, with you by 
my side. Stephen. Sev. and Shawn . you guys have 
helped me more than you realize, each in your own 
different way. Thanks for making life a little more 
bearable and for the shoulders to lean on. As for my 
little Bro, thanks for understanding me and sticking 
by my side. I will always be there for you when you 
need me. Meatball, you've been a great dyke, but 
now it's your turn to be a normal cadet. You can 
make it. Just remember, you only get out what you 
put into something. Hang in there, it's worth it! 
Thanks everybody! I've made it! 

Andrew Edward Seliga 

Navy — Mathematics 
Jacksonville, Arkansas 

To use the old cliche' — I can't believe I'm writing 
this. It seems like only yesterday I was matriculating 
and now that long four years is finally over. I came to 
V.Ml on that hot, sunny day in August 4 years ago for 
reasons I'm still unaware of, and as much as I wanted 
to leave, staying was probably the best thing I ever 
did. There have been a lot of bad times, but then 
again, the good times have shone through. OK, how 
about the credits. Paul — I've had some of the best 
times with you these last 3 years — when are we 
going to Vegas^ Rob — Mario Andretti would be 
proud. Ted — did I really corrupt you? Chuck — 
Semper Fi. You guys are the best friends I could ask 
for. Thanks for the fun times. Dan — I guess I'll 
always take second place to you, but as long as you're 
first, I'm content. "Moss Man", there's no describing 
you — you're one of a kind. I'd like to especially 
thank my parents for all of their love and support, 
without them I never would have made it. I love you 
Mom and Tony. 

Finally to the one woman whom I love more than 
anything in this world — Cheraby. You came into my 
life and stayed, for that I'm eternally thankful. 
You've been the light at the end of a long dark tunnel 
and now it's time to start our life together. I'm happi- 
er than you'll ever know. 

To everybody else I don't have room to mention, 
don't worr\, vou're not foreotten. 

Benjamin Lewis Semmes III 


Option — Excercised Chemistry 

Garden City, New York 

Lacrosse; Water Polo; Rat Training; American 
Chemical Society; Chemistry Tutor; That rank thing 
. . . once by accident 

"Rats look to your left, look to your right ... by your 
graduation one of those people will not be here any 
longer." Well mister statistition, the five kids in 425, 
all seated in a row. are all still here. .And I have a 
feeling that because all of us were together that first 
year each one remains this final one. Between my 
family, seven assorted roommates. Br's. and faculty, 
how could this place be anything but a piece-o-cake. 
Well it isn't and the good times seem to be more 
easily remembered than the hard. Except for the time 
Bonehcad brought the radio (with auto reverse) and 
beer into the room, rat year. But, as I stated those 
really really bad times seem to fade (somewhat). As 
for the highlights . . . thanks to John for the trips and 
introductions, to and at L'Va . Van Rippers and 
Memorial Day with Joe and Steve . . Empires with 
Ted . The Lax Teams mostly in the vans . . . D.C. 
with Faldog and the soon to be antics with Chris. 
If there is someway to repay my family for all their 
support, I will, until then Thank you with all my 
heart. I also wish to thank a very special young lady 
who has always been there to turn to.. Thank you 

To the four gentlemen who preceeded my time here 
. . . The Corps has not gone to hell. 


1985 Mike Harvey 

1991 Rob "Meatball" Sayegh 


1984 Curt Hinton 
1991 Matt McQuienly 


1985 John J. Smart 
1991 Kevin McCarthy 



Gunther Michael Seyffert 


Marine Corps — Modern Languages 

Montreal, Canada 

Daniel Mark Shrimpton 

Army — Civil Engineering 
Holmdel, New Jersey 

Charles John Shuster Jr. 

Gus, Shoe, Rooster, Sunshine 

Marine Corps — Civil Engineering 

Falls Church, Virginia 

Parris Island, Semper Fi 4, 3, 2, I; 19:30 X-Check 
Gang 3, 2, I; Tavenner-Starling School of Charm 3; 
Free Association Society 3, 2, 1 

Virgin Private; Martial Arts Club 3, 2, 1; Rambo 
Training 4, 3; Club 58 3, 2. 1 ; Tanya's Dating Service 
4, 3, 2; He-man Woman Hater 2, 1 ; Scouters Club 3, 
Pres.2, Pres.l 

Soccer 4, 3, 2, 1 ; Semper Fi 4, 3, 2, 1 ; Cpl 3; 1st Sgt 2; 
Lieutenant 1; DAKS 2. 1; CHAOS 2, 1; I Hate 
Jammer 1st Cp Club; IHTFP Always; My sister out- 
ranks me 1. 


The faces of the enemy: 

"That which 

T.H. White 

That you meet" 

"Nothing is 



It is still 



collar and chain 

1 have become 

"They may torture 
is still rolling" A. Camus 
makes us stronger" 
No cash value "Gnosci sui" 

We are educated despite the system. We live with the 
legacy of those values given to us by people of good 
will at great personal sacrifice. To those who this 
message means something: In memory of Mom, 
whose love and sacrifice have been the greatest lesson 
in my life; to Bill, comrade in arms, the world awaits 
us; to Chris, a better brother could not be asked for; 
to Aleem and Ruby for understanding through the 
years to Dr. and Mrs. Patterson and Abe for a home 
away from home; finally to Nicholas, I hope I may 
never let you down. 

"Thank you Mom"! My passage through VMI was 
almost as rough on you as it was on me, thank you for 
being there. Granddad, Grandma, Jen I could not ask 
for a better family. Two things kept me here stub- 
bornness and friendship. Bill four years is a long time 
to put up with an obnoxious New Jcrseyite but we 
made it. I hope I did not "corrupt" you too much. 
Andrei I will keep a bottle of vodka ready any time 
you want to stop by. Barney you lazy . . . thanks, 
you've been a good friend just get your own radio. 
Bill "The Chest" we survived Tracy, Grea, and Chai. 
I only wish I knew how. Mike, Larry, Mark at least 
now I won't have to put up with your abuse? Matt our 
friendship has been quite satisfying. Now for my 
dykes. Tracy you did me right. I hope 1 can equal 
your job with my vermin. Good luck, Dan you have 
got a long survivable road ahead of you. Do me 
proud. VMI taught me much about myself and that I 
appreciate, sort of. But no matter how much I 
moaned and complained 1 would not have felt the 
sense of pride and accomplishment I felt here any- 
where else. I came to a place in the wood where two 
roads diverged and 1 took the one less traveled and 
got flattened. 

Help recieved 
Robert Frost 

The time has finally come to reflect on the past 4 
years. When 1 decided to attent college here I was not 
sure what to expect. There were a lot of ups and 
downs, but the good times certainly outweighed the 
bad. The best thing that was a result were the friends. 
Without the friends here to listen to me complain of 
everything, it would have been tough. This place has 
definately helped me in many ways, and as 1 look to 
the future I am certainly glad I chose to attend school 
here. I will never forget the good times either, the 
days at Goshen, and Ben Salem, and of course the 
hops with the Daks, and the road trips with the Daks. 
All of you are special. There are many others to 
thank. First of all my roommates, I appreciate all 
your help, the late night chaos, the talks, the drinking 
and everything else. The most thanks goes to my 
parents for their support and love and for giving me 
the opportunity to go here, thank you and I love you. 
I cannot forget the ladies either. Gail and Susan, Gail 
thank you for all of the talks and being a great friend, 
and Susan thanks for being a second mom, 1 love 
both of you. As I press on into the future and look 
back it will be a happy but sorrowful heart for the 
time I spent here. It will be some of my most cher- 
ished memories. I thank everybody I was involved 
with and everybody svill have a place in my heart. 

Dykes — 1985 Devin Roddenberry 
— 1988 William Mitchell 

Dykes — 1985 Tracy W.Burke 

— 1991 Daniel K. Robinson 

Dykes — 1985 John M. Eckenrode 
— 1991 Andrew Preston 




James Lewis Sigmon III 

Lew, Sig, Yank, Skinny, Jimmy 


Marine Corps — History 

Cornelius, North Carolina 

Pvt 4. 2. I; Cpl 3; Firenghlers 3, 2, 1; Computer 
Assistant 3, 2, 1; New Market Honor Guard 4, 3; 
Spring Football 3; Religious Council 2.1; Bomb Pho- 
tographer 1; Bulldog 2, 1; Semper Fidelis Society 2, 
Pres 1; Illegal Car Club 2; DAKS I; VMI Graduate 

There are so many things that I could say, but how 
and where to start it all is the hardest part. I guess the 
best and most generic way is Thanks! But, 1 owe so 
much to so many people for helping me endure and 
survive the rigors, joys, and years of VMI. There is no 
way to express my sincere thanks to everyone and I 
hope I'm able someday to be as supportive and help- 
ful for your love and concern and believing in me. 
You pushed me to do my best. I'll always be grateful, 
thanks for being great teachers and parents. Gram, 
Pop. Grandmother. Grandaddy and the rest of the 
family thanks too. Andy. bro. thanks for being you; 
I'm proud of what you are and couldn't ask for a 
better brother. Shannon, Gina, Ashley, Marianne 
and Kim (Miss Priss) you all are the GREATEST, 
without your smiles, love and support it would have 
been impossible. Chuck. Betty, and Ali thanks for 
everything; you all gave me love of a home away from 
home. Wammy. Steve. Phil, Ski and the DAKS 
thanks for all the parties and great friendship, now 
let's go out. kick a-s and take names. All of you will 
never be forgotten and have a special place in my 
heart. VMI. BR's. Curtis and loved ones take care 
and God Bless. I'll see you around. Semper Fi do or 
die. Lew. 

Dykes — 1985 Mike Wesolowski 
— 1991 Curtis Osborne 

E. Darrin Simpson 

Fireplug, Sparkplug, Plug, Emmetthead 
Special Student — Civil Engineering 
White Sulpher Springs, West Virginia 

Cpl, 3; Sgt 2; Pvt at heart 4, 3. 2. 1,0; Rat Training 2; 
Ring Design Comm. 2; Number One Club 4; Club 1 2 
"Owner 4. 3. 2. 1; Leeroy's Yankee Room 2, I; VMI 
KBT 3. 2. l.O.(Leeroy)' 

"We all go through hell in some kind of way. 
What It's like to be there every day!!''" 

The Kinks 
Need I say more!'? To my family, without your love 
and support my stay here would have been unbear- 
able. Thanks, I love you all. Mom and Granny, you 
both deserve special mention, but what more can be 
said about the greatest (not to mention my favorite) 
girls in the world. I know I put a lot of grey in your 
hair, but you've always been there and kept faith in 
me. I love you both tremendously. Hang tough dykes 
of CI 2, we'll catch plenty of major ones next year. 
Finally, to my friends, especially my roommates, 
thanks for making the most out of a bad situation. 
You guys are great. I'm going to miss you all. Let's 
go catch one in the real world later! 

Wayne Anthony Sinclair 


Marine Corps — History 

Phoenix, Arizona 

Boxing 4, 3, 2; Pistol Team 4, 3; Naval Aviators 3, 2; 
Semper Fi Society 4, 3, 2, 1:4 yr. Marine Scholar- 
ship; Cpl 3; Pvt 2, 1; Order of the New Breed 2, I; 
Dean's Distinguished List 3. 2, 1; Honors Program 2, 
I ; H MWH Club 4, 3,2.1; Reeperbahn Recon Team 

Only time will determine the true vaue of the past 
four years of life — years that fluctuated between 
frustration, disillusionment, determination and pride. 
Many lessons have been learned, some the hard way, 
and others I'm not sure the Institute intended at all. 
Above all. I've learned the value of the comradery 
gained from Brother Rats and friends who have made 
life that much easier to tolerate, 1 only hope that the 
benefits have been mutual. Lastly, I must express my 
thanks for the constant support from home that made 
up for the many miles between us. I came for the sole 
purpose of becoming a Marine Corps officer, and 
having reached that goal, I gladly move on. 
"Before honor is humility." Proverbs 12:18 


1985 Mike Hulgo 

1991 Jamie "19" Tavenner 


1985 Bob Wydler 
1991 Don Cribbs 

200 First Class 


Geoffrey Stuart Sklar 

Sky, Black, Schlep 

Navy — Civil Engineering 

Norfolk, Virginia. 

Officer of the Guard Association 1; Boxing Team 2. 
I; deans List 4; Water Polo Team 2. Trident society 
2, 1; PVT 4; CPL 3; PVT 2, I 

Robert Rucker Slater 

Bobby, Ruck 

Navy — Economics 
Paeonian Springs, Virginia 

Football 4, 2; CPL i: Rat Training 3; Briefcase Ban- 
dit 3; ABC Bowler 3; Campout Crew 3; X-crew 3, 2, 
I; SGT 2; Investment Club 2, I; PVT I 

Russell Spencer Sloane 

Rusty, Flops, Elsie, Russ 

Navy — History 

Greensboro, North Carolina 


Cpl 3; Sgt 2; Lt I; Ttrident Society; Naval 
Aviators; BSL 4; Bargain Hunters 4, 3.2. 1 ; College 
Rep I; Sweet Briar Assault Ranger; 122 Crew; Rat 
Training 3; Forever Foxtrotter; Bug Burning Club; 
Beach Bovs Fan Myrtle Admirers 4, 3, 2, I 

I can't believe that I'm a first already. I've had a 
helluva time here. Rat year with Rich.Mike.and Ter- 
ry was almost a great time. Sure they played their 
practical jokes with shaving cream, writing on me 
with magic marker. which didn't come off for a week. 
Thanks BR's in Hotel Co. for your help in nominat- 
ing me for 2 trow courts. It would not of been so bad if 
I wasn't wearing inspector 1 2 skivies. Don't worry pay 
back will be a mother soon before I graduate. Well 
3rd class year came and left thank God. Special 
thanks to old Mallory Hall for making my academic 
rat year so unpredictable. I still pray at night that 
someone hijacks Major Adams' black book.The only 
good thing about 3rd class year was spring break in 
Ft. Lauderdale. Wow!!2nd class year and the ring- 
!!Coming close to death from intoxication in my room 
and on Beams Bottom marked the year's highlights- 
San Diego was fine. Finally it's 1st class year, I al- 
ready got a case of the f?*! its. My roommates Rich- 
.Hammond.and Chris are being the usual pains and 
off to a fast start. So Hammond remember 24-2-1-3 
doesn't equal 38. It just shows his harem's sizel!You 
studll 5 two's is the only ten you'll see! Don't get mad 
we are going to be entrepeneur — ur own busienss, 
The Salty seaman. Rich don't go back to Hagerstown 
without protection. Chris go marry Amy. Mike stop 
moaning and forget the USAFA. Take care Al, Jim. 
Thanks Mom and Dad!! SHALOM 

It really amazes me that 4 years of this love hate 
relationship has gone by so fast. To thank everyone 
who helped me through would be impossible but a 
few do stand out. Dave, your help rat year was great. 
Marty and Uncle Dykes — now I know you prepared 
me well for the next 3 years. Mark, we started off 3rd 
class year well, and I'm glad to say that this year 
looks like we'll finish as great friends also. Chico- 
Chuck, Dan, and Opie, thanks for the good times and 
laughs. Dave, Phil, Wall, Frank (ABC) officer), the 
sticks run! Chesie? Tony, you've always been great to 
yell at and argue with but most of all a very special 
friend — Good Luck with Ann. Tom and family, 
thanks for all the support. You've been great. 
Now to the most important people in my life — my 
family. Mom, Dad. Keri I couldn't have asked for 
more support. The letters, late afternoons on the 
parkway, and the all nighters just to see me play ball. 
It means more to me than I can express in words. 
Thanks — I love you all. Now, to a very special 
person. Grandad Slater. Your influence on me has 
been an inspiration throughout these past four years. 
Thank you. 1 hope that you're always as proud as I 
am now. You will always be special to me. 
Now the next challenge , , . Look out world, here I 

Well Dad I didn't exactly set this place on fire and no 
records were broken, but then again who wants bro- 
ken records and a burned building? I'm glad the 6-R 
gang was behind me and Andi all 1 can say is "God 
only knows". Mom it all started with chewable but- 
tons and a feeling that the place in the valley had a 
place for me. My inspirations were simple; a God 
that's real, and a little bro who's awesome. 
When Winston Churchill spoke about the RAF. 
pilots who defended England during the dawn of 
WW II. he said it was truly their finest hour. There 
were battles to be fought. Glory yet to be gained. My 
time here is finally at an end, now 1 must move on to 
the next adventure. I know that this, in all probabili- 
ty, was my finest hour. 
Quote: You can lead a gift horse to water, but 

you can't make him drink if you look him 

in the mouth. 

God speed to the Fellas, Don, Mike. John. Ted. 


1985 Michael Schriver 
1991 Michael Milner 


1985 Marty Sargeant 
1991 Andrew Apostle 


1985 Mike Schwitter 
1991 Chris Buckland 

First Class 201 


Igj^lii,"! 'U \'\\)»mir '■■■■■"■™ 

Dennis Jay Smaaladen 

Jay, M-Squared, Jaybird 
Special Student-Economics 
High Bridge, New Jersey 

Mark Allen Snedecor 

Air Force-Physics 
Richmond, Virginia 

Thomas Frank Spetz 

Spaz, Spazmo(or any other variation) 
Naval Science-History 
Sheffield, Pennsylvania 

Varsity Wrestling 4, 3, 2, 1 ; Monogram Club 4, 3, 2. 
I; Investment Club 2; Society of Young Eco. omists 

I came to VMI as clueless about the place as anyone 
could be. I knew nothing about it except I had to 
wear a uniform and get my haircut occationally. 
Well. I soon learned about this place and it hit me 
right where it hurts. 

If I had to do it again I wouldn't, but on the other 
hand I wouldn't want to give up the past 4 years of 
my cadetship either. I've gained friends that will be 
within reach for the rest of my life. That in itself 
makes all the bad limes worth it. 
This place has shown me fear.slress.honor.disciplin- 
e.and most importantly a sense of humor. Without a 
sense of humor . , this place would have been 

even more of a drag. 

To Tom my roomate who has kept me laughing for 4 
years Thanks buddy your trucly a best friend 
Bob(bm), my roommate also, you're the kind of hap- 
py go luck\ dude that everybody should be. you're 
great. Good luck next year bmg bing 

bing round five. 

Thank you Dad for having confidence in me through 
my very questionable performance in grades, phone 
calls for money, and general bitching and complain- 

Now the Fun begins 

When it counts! 


1985 Bruce "Viking" Hauck 
1991 .loe "JR" Levine 

President and creator of The VMI Rock Climbing 
Club; President of the Society of Physics Students. 



Dykes — 1985 Paul Groas 
— 1991 John Jeter 

Pvt 4, 3, 2, 1; Vice-chairman TCFC '88 3, 2; Sports 
Editor I, Bomb 2. I; Busch Gods 2, 1; Trow Court 
Enforcer I; Last Of The Red Front Raiders 4; Gray 
Heart 4; Dean's Other List 4, 3, 2, I; I Hate UVa 

Why did I come to VMI'?Well,l have been trying to 
fisure out the answer to that question for the past 
four years. Being here four years shows how much of 
a "hole" this place really is. Looking inward. VMI 
seemed to be a place suited for me. But looking 
outward, I realize VMI. in general, had not really 
changed me. But more spec'fically. if I had not 
come here. I would not have known about "Honor" 
and what it means to cadets when someone does not 
believe him. Also I would not have known what it 
feels like to wear the "Ring". "Honor" and the 
"Ring" are the two aspects 1 will always cherish 
coming from VMI. 

Although my parents, sister, and brother do not know 
much about VMLthey gave me the support I needed 
these last four years, especially my Rat Year. Thanks 
Mom and Dad. I owe everything to ya'll. 
The most important part of VMI is all the people you 
go through hard times with and the close relation- 
ships between roommates. Yes, I'm talking about my 
roommates:Poncho,Bwana,and Ace. I do not know 
what I would have without ya'll these past two 
years. Bwana. you will always be a Zulu Chieftain to 
me. Poncho, you are one person I do not know what to 
say something about except Gwaaaa!Ace,I hope you 
have fun emptying bed pans at the hospital. Only my 
roommates know the comments are made in fun and 
it will be hard for me to leave come graduation. — 

Dykes — 1985 Tom Delaney (Marko & Steve) 
— 1991 None 

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Victor J. Sredl 

Vector, Uncle Vic, Beef, Son of Beef 

Army, Armour — Mechanical 


Paducah, Kentucky 

Slockwells Misfits 4321;VMI Cadet Layout Ed. 3. 
Managing Ed. 2, Consulting Ed. l;Sounding Brass 
Ex Editor;LA Engineer;lHTFP 4321; HMWHC 
432l;Lab Saboteur 321;Virgin Pvt;Elite Sumtner 
Scholars Program 432;Academically Extinguished 
4321;Academic Ranger. 

It's another wonderful day in paradise, and I've got x 
spaces to My parents told me not to come. 1 did'nt 
listen. Thanks Mom and Dad for going through sev- 
eral hells with me, I love you! Thanks Ron and Tom 
for enduring my moods and late studying. When I 
look to the bad old days I realize that 1 have forgot- 
ten most of VMI. I thank God for that. I'll miss my 
favorite nephews, Mike and Lance, some F troopers, 
few others. When I was a third I was full of ideas for 
this space, now all that comes to mind is Dorothy's 
"Toto, 1 don't think we're in Kansas.." Buffet's "1 
know it's my own damn fault" Heres the deal: 1 
have'nt known Uncle Vic long, but my memories of 
him will last forever. Like Hardees breaks. Ice Tea, 
bimbos SS fin and "The Mouse Named Gerald". 
Uncle Vic's truly an original, an English major dis- 
guised as an M.E., knower of all barracks activities 
and Bimbo lover! Forever the optimist, haha! He's 
without a doubt the only last surviving remaining 
living existence of the I st class Pvt. A distinction he's 
proud of. Uncle Vic you've made this wierdo place a 
little more bearable for all of us. Hang in there. 
Dude, not all girls are bimbos, really!!! MAW 


1985 Jeff Riddle 
1991 Chris Daniels 



Dennis Scott Stachelek 


Marine Corps — English 

Middletown, Ct 

Rugby 3, 2; Cadre 2. I; VMI Cadet 2, 1; Semper Fi 3, 
2, 1 ; French Honor Society 2, 1 ; English Society 3, 2, 
1; Circle K 2, 1; Confinement/Pts 4, 3, 2, 1; Club 
336; DAK always. 

Thanks Mom, Dad, Dink for believing. The sheep- 
skin commission and yes the responsibility are real. I 
love you very much. Fellas, Daks, thanks for putting 
up with me and being the best possible friends. Gus, 
thanks for being you. Don't ever change I care to 
much. Finally its over. Are'nt y'all glad. Myself I'm 
so happy. VMI was awful, what a horror, four years 
of funnels, Zollomans, shooting the boot, marching 
Pt's, borrowing, rugby parties. East Lex, Head Butts, 
demos, exams, laundry bag rappelling, tequila, Beast, 
rockin the house in Staunton, not remembering, stu- 
pid people tricks, wearing the ring, arguing, confine- 
ment, racking, doing nuttin, Pt'ing, cards, hotel, par- 
ty wounds, nakedness, laughing at our bimbos, ears, 
hair, glasses, sayings, being a DAK. Was there any 
other way to do it? I doubt there's anything we don't 
know about each other . We've seen the best and the 
worst. Especially my little rooomates. Only at the I 
could a bunch of mutants evolve into men. Men 
bonded by laughs and tears. Thanks again for the 
best times of my life. 1 love you. 
Semper Fi. Ogre 

Dad. I came here to make amends for some mistakes. 
You're my inspiration. You taught me well. I hope I 
made you proud. Love, your son, Scott. 


1985 Ralph Tremaglio 
1991 Chris Ross 

Christopher Carlson Starling 

Star, Starbird,Pop-0-Pie, Flounder, Cloyd 

Marine Corps — Modern Language 

Middletown, Rhode Island 

Chaos 4, 3, 2, 1; Semper Fi 4, 3, 2, UWrestling 4; 
Rugby 3, 2, 1; Zogging 3; Cpl. 3; HMWH 2x01; 
Uncle Wayne's Summer Politics Seminar (German- 
y/USSR) Summer 1986; Semester Abroad, Vienna, 
Austria Spring 1987. IRC 1; Rat Council 1. 

Aye. We were happy in those days. even though we 
were rats;because we were rats. (Cloyd) Back in those 
days we were happy to have the prize of a can beer. .a 
can of warm beer.. in a filthy cracked tin. .without 
barley or hops, or beer. (Cloyd) Cardboard box?You 
were luckylThere was 1 50 of us living in a plastic bag 
in the rubbish bin. We used to have to get up in the 
morning at a quarter to 4 and lick the stoop clean 
with our tongues. .we'd get a handful of cold gravel at 2 sweat parties. go to Chem lab 23 hrs a 
day and when we got home. our corprals would beat 
us about the head and neck with a broken bottle. If 
we was lucky. (Cloyd) And if you were to try and tell 
the new corps of today that they would'nt believe 
you. .Nope. .and now(serious tone) 1 look back on my 
VMI years, most of my memories are good. My room- 
mates were a howl. .through VMI I was given the 
oppurtunity to participate in a summer program in 
Germany and the USSR.Six months later I was 
studying in Austria — two. once in a lifetime exper- 
iences. I consider myself quite the fortunate one in- 
deed. .and now for something completely different- 
;Dave "I'm laid back";John "No way.she's got an 
eyepatch too":Jim "What about you!";Zog "I only 
had one";Border — spike "justice will be achieved" 
Cloyd, dude, you know what was way out of 
bounds:Try GivenlMum + Dad. Many many thanks- 
..Right.say that once more, I'll smash your bloody 

Dykes — 1985 Gerry Bessete 

— 1991 Chris Batenhorst 

First Class 203 



Christopher L. Start 

D.H., El Cij, Cutie, Sebastian 

Army, Chemical Corps — Biology 

Clarkston, Michigan 

Rod and Gun Club; Steering Commitee 3; Rock 
Climbing Club. Vice President/ Equipment Manager 
3: Rat Training, Rappelling Cliff CIC 1; Ring Figure 
Rock Painting Commitee, Main Daesigncr 1; Mar- 
shall Museum Cadet Assistant 1; Bloom County Fan 
Club 4. 

Well, it's almost over. The last four years at this place 
has been quite an experience, both good and bad. Rat 
year was terrible, but you did'nl dare give up. You 
had to prove you could make it to the upperclassmen- 
.your friends. parents as well as yourself. Every year 
there was something that kept you coming back. 
Third class year it was the thrill of being out of the 
ratline. Second class year it was Ring Figure, and 
First class year of course was Graduation. None of it 
was easy, and little of it was fun, but I'm sure it will 
all be worth it. I feel that I've learned alot and 
matured alot. I can't say Fm sad to leave the "\" now, 
but I know that will soon change. Fve made some 
good friends that I hope to see again. Paul, the party 
man, thanks for study animals, I admire your hard 
work and determination, you've got it made! Dave I 
never could have made it without some of your great 
altitude rubbing off on me. Ed. hang in there with 
Michelle. Lar. the most important person in my life, 
thank you for helping me grow up this last year. I 
know we can still make it if we try. Mom and Dad, I 
can't begin to thank you enough. Your support was 
essential throughout my cadetship. And to the count- 
less other friends I made; 1 wish you luck. 

Dykes — 1985 James K. Steinbower 
— 1991 Robert J. Miller 

James J. Stepnowski 

Step, Legs, Circus Freak, Dr. Strange 

Army, Infantry — History 

Dumfries, Virginia 

Dean's list 3; Private 4; Corporal 3; Master Sergeant 
2; 3rd Battalion S-4 1; Intramural Karate 3; Intra- 
mural Boxing 2; Newman Club 4, 3, 2; Young Col- 
lege Republicans 2; International Club 2, 1; VMI 
Theatre 2, 1; Regimental Jester 1. 

When I first came to VMI I was ready for the worst. 
After listening to my dad's stories I was ready to be 
beat up at least twice a day and thrown off the 4th 
stoop monthly. But the tales of 1962 much like my 
dad have grown with age. All in all I've had some 
great times at the "I", and while there were many 
times it stunk, I wouldn't have gone anywhere else. 
Mom, Dad those food boxes and van pools made this 
place alot more bearable. Thanks for putting up with 
me and my menagerie while I was here. 

My next thanks has to go to the one thing that took 
up most of my time here at the "I". The VMI The- 
atre has had to have been the single thing that kept 
me sane or insane as my roomates will note about my 
behavior when production rolled around. My thanks 
to Doc, Jo, and Shawn for my introduction to the 
limelight. Finally I'd just like to say thanks to all the 
family, friends, fans and instructors who were part of 
this great growth of my being. At VMI I learned that 
I could overcome any obstacle, any test, merely put- 
ting to mind to it. This and the great sense of honor 
and pride are more than I could have achieved any- 
where else. VMI, a great place to be from, but I 
wouldn't want to live there. 

Dykes — 1985 Scott Miller 
— 1991 Rob Edwards 

Andrew Christopher Stewart 

Driplip, Andy, James B. Cricket 

Army — Economics 

Washington, D.C. 

Track, Captain 4, 3, 2, 1; Promaji Club 4, 3, 2 
Monogram Club 3, 2, 1. 

Life at the "1" is rough, but being around such good 
roommates make things a lot easier. I just want to say 
thanks to Chris, Bob. and Kenney. Mom and Dad. 
thanks for everything. 

Dykes — 1984 Neville Anderson 
— 1991 Bryce Valenlme 

204 First Class 

Kenneth Anthony Stewart 

King of 


Army — Mechanical Engineering 

Hampton, Virginia 

Mark Anthony Stock 

Marco, Felix, Stocko, Book & Pidge 
Army — Economics 
Stone Mountain, GA 

Richard Lee Stone 

Fletch, Stoney 

Army — Economics 

Vienna, Virginia 

Track 4, 3, 2, 1 Asst. Track Coach; Promaji 4, 3, 2, 1 ; 

Football 4. 3, 2, Co-Captain 1; FCA Member 4, 3, 2, 
Vice President 1; Corporal 3; Battalion S-5 I; Pvt I; 
Battalion S-5 I; Pvt 1; Monogram Club 3, 2, 1; OCF 

Baseball 4, 3, 2. I; Private 4, 3, 2, 1; Investment 
Group 2, I; Monogram Club 3, 1; Total Design 
Founder 1; Asst. Asst. Barracks "Inferior" Decora- 
tor I; Hollins Regular 3, 2, I. 

As I sit down and look back over the past years I have 
spent at VMl, I can see a lot of late nights and some 
good times. I can honestly say that I have never 
regretted leaving Va. Tech. and coming to VMI. 
VMI gave me a chance to pursue an education in 
engineering and I thank you for that. I thank God for 
helping me make it through the ups and downs, thank 
you Mom and Grandad for believing in me, but most 
of all I thank you, Taiqua, for being there and staying 
with me over the years. You brought joy to every 
weekend I took. The things you have done for me will 
never be forgotten. I love you. 
When I finally leave VMI I am truly going to miss 
my roommates Bobby, Chris, and Drew. I had so 
many good times and laughs over the years. I wish 
you guys all the luck in the world, God bless you. 
Don't forget we must keep in touch. 

The time that for so long seemed like an eternity 
away is now drawing near, and as I savor these last 
moments at the "I", I'd like to thank some special 
people. First of all my Mom and Dad — though it 
often seems I take a lot for granted, please know that 
I am truly thankful for you and everything you've 
done. I couldn't imagine more supportive and loving 
parents. Thank you for everything you've taught me. 
"The Boys" — I'd have to say we made the best of it, 
and now that our paths are going to veer away, let's 
not lose touch! Coach King — thank you for the 
home away from home. I have enjoyed the friendship 
of the finest man I know. Chaplain Caudill — you 
have taught me a lot by your actions as well as your 
words. Thank you for some wonderful lessons in life. 
But most importantly, thanks be to God for seeing me 
through the bad times and looking after me in the 
good, even though sometimes I didn't ask. 

Why did you come here? This question is asked many 
times during your cadetship, yet answers can never 
seem to be found. Very few have passed through the 
gates without having second thoughts. Yet, your 
brother rats and the pride from accomplishment con- 
stantly urge you foreward. Now 1 can finally see the 
light at the end of the tunnel, and my previous doubts 
and questions are beginning to be answered. 
.'Vndy and Tom, we took our first big step together 
and made it through the most demanding year of our 
lives. Gooch and Rolo, we have been best of friends 
for three years. We have done everything from get- 
ting out of parades together to unauthorized night- 
time trips to Hollins. I'm looking foreward to many 
more years as friends and successful business part- 
ners. Go Total Design! Mom, Dad, Michelle, and 
Kirstin, your love and support has made my stay at 
VMI so much easier. 


1985 Judson Springer 
1991 Tim Smith 


1985 Kevin D. Jenkins 

1991 Frank Louthan.Greg Jarvis 


1985 Mike Lamore 
1991 Brian Farrar 

First Class 205 



David Carlyle Sullivan 

Sully, Harvey, Screw, Bruce 
Marine Corps — ME 
Wilmington, Delaware 

1st Corporal. 3; Rat Platoon Sgt.. 2; Hotel Co. XO, 
1; Rat Training. 3. 1; Bulldog. 4. 2; Martial Arts 
Club, 3. 2; Zogging. 3; Ring Date from Hell, 2; 
Goshen Gran Prix, 1; Chaos, 3, 2, 1; Troll Doer, 3; 
Ghetto Slob. 4, 3, 2. 1; Porsche Shrine, 4, 3. 2. 1. 

First, we'll thank everyone, then the good bits. Ed. 
the road trips were greatly appreciated. To my grand- 
parents and relatives, I give my love and thanks. 
Mary — you're my best friend besides sis, good luck!! 
Finally, mom and dad — I will never be able to repay 
your love and kindness. Uncle Jack, thanks for the 
idea in the first place. Frankzak — you are a hoser. 
.^nd now, the naughty bits. Rich, Jeff, and Hambone 
— it was a blast. J. P., First Corporals, then Sgts, and 
now — awahl! Starting position — move! (Pat — no 
way). My roomates have made this place worth it. 
Vito — yaay. shut up! John — come oh, we'll get it 
done after vice! Chris — some beer and chess before 
OCS. perhaps? Yes! Cloyd — Chivalry is not dead, is 
if Jim — sell any used roomates lately? Honorable 
mention goes to the Club Paradise inhabitants, sum- 
mer 87. Who opened the window? Omlets. anyone? 
Compliments to Bonky. Holtsteln. Chucky. Greasa- 
\d\\\. Copeman and the rest of the Hotel crew. Hey, 
Kyle — Did you get that face at K-Mart' At last, the 
good bits. The memories I take with me are good 
ones. My friends and roomates are more like brothers 
than anything else. 1 hope we'll remember what a 
good time we had, and then get drunk. I will miss you 
all. Dad, I hope I can make you and mom proud. One 
day I'll give ya'll a ride in my Porsche. V'eah, right. 
P.S. Zog — Want some Chicken'' P.S.S. What Rat- 
line, Sam?? Thanks for the memories!!! 

1985 Kurt Quimby 

1991 Russell Bufflcin.Joe Gionti 

Joseph Anthony Swider 

Chowder, Switter 

Navy — Mechanical Engineering 

Oakdale, Pennsylvania 

Rugby 4. 3, 2, 1; Captain 1; ASME 4, 3, 2, 1; Cpl 3; 
Sgt 2; (Until the spirits got me) NEB Hermit 2, 1; 
Soon to be member of the HMWHC 1; Jose Cuervo 
Fan I; Flamming ranker (2 days) 3. 

Well, my stay at VMI seemed so long but now its 
finally over. When I came to VMI, boy, was I into the 
military. Hey Benji, wan't to run the O-Course in 
fatigues and boots for fun (NERDS). But to that, I 
would like to thank Krick for showing me the light. 
Nowadays. .for fun.l tend to let the spirits and ladies 
entertain my time. As a bonus with the rest of my 
time (WOW!) I had the privilege to play and party 
with the mutant Ruggers. What did you say. .Prickly 
what? ... Oroopv huh^.HEY CFIRIS HURRY 
UP! SHE'S GETTING HEAVY! (Typical). Yeah 
— but if you meet our friend Jose Cuervo, she 
doesn't look that bad! To balance out those o — so 
short (don't unpack your overnight bag) weekends, 
came , , . STUDYING! And there sure was enough 
of that. More than time sometimes alotted for. But 
every once in a while, you had to say !# a! it. 
With all this activity going on at one time, upcoming 
graduation would not even be possible without the 
love and support my family has given me. So "Peo- 
ple", I thank you very much. And I hope you're right 
when you reassure me: VMI is a tough place to go to, 
but a great place to be from! I'll tell you if that's true 
\n a couple of years. 


Dykes — 1985 Kurt Quimby 

— 1991 Russell Buffkin.Joe Gionti 

Brian Joseph Swiencinski 

Swien, Alphabet, Ski, Skibo 

Economics — Special Student 

Fairfax, Virginia 

Baseball, 4, 3, 2, 1; Monogram Club, 1; Circle K. 1; 
Pvt., 4, 3, 2, 1; Deans list. 3, 2. 

These past four years at V.M.I, have been very re- 
warding for me. Although the "I" will always be 
there after I'm gone. Some of the close friendships 
that 1 have had will slowly fall by the waste side, due 
to time and distance apart. For those of you who have 
made V.M.I, very special to me. I thank you and may 
God bless you. 1 will always remember you. 
To Brad. Mike. Jim, Mark Criss and all the fellas, 
you're the best friends a person could ever ask for. To 
Criss, I hope your dream comes true for you some- 
day. Just remember I'm your manager! The split is 

I'd like to give special thanks to my Mom. Dad and 
.'^unt and Uncle for all the support you have given 
me. .Aunt Marilyn over the past years you've become 
my second mother. I just want to take the time out 
and thank you for everything you've done for me. I 
love all of you. To all the friends, fellas, Frank and 
Ed, 1 thank you for your support. 

Dykes — 1985 Scott S. Bryant 
— 1991 Paul Raitz 


Joey Blair Swink 

"The Winkster" 

Air Force — Economics 

Lexington, Virginia 

Ral; 3rd — Corporal; 2nd — Pvt.; 1st — Pvt. 

Metamorphosis. An object is cut off from it's name, 
habits, associations. Detached, it becomes only the 
thing, in and of itself. When this disentegration into 
pure existence is at last achieved, the object is free to 
be endlessy anything. 

— James Douglas Morrison 

To those who have made my metamorphosis at VMI 
1 would like to express my most sincere appreciation. 
Mom and Dad, 1 would never have endured it here 
without your support. I love you very much for all 
that you have done for me. To my grandmother I also 
want to say "thanks". You have been my inspiration 
throughout my cadetship. I hope I've made you 
proud. Many others have helped me in more ways 
than I can name. 1 also want to include you in my 
"thank you". 

Samuel Lee Tate 

Taterhead, Sambo 

Navy, Surface — History 


OjCF, 3, 2, I; Virginia Programme At Oxford2; 
Fencing, Rat, 3, 2, I; Cwrt, Rat, 3, 2, I; Investment 
Group. I; Second Class Drum Major. 

I came to VMI thinking that it would develop me 
physically, mentally, and spiritually. 1 quickly found 
that it is up to the individual to develop himself. I also 
had a few lessons in human nature while I was here. 
It is possible to be too nice to other people. After 
some very bitter experiences I have found I have to 
be happy with who I am inside. "The most acceptable 
service of God is doing good to man." Thanks to the 
people in OCF, The Hammonds, and the Caudills for 
taking an interest in me and helping me through some 
bitter times. I'll always be there for those who know 
I'm really behind this smile. Mom and Dad, thanks 
for who 1 am and for all of the experiences you have 
provided for me. I thank God I have you for parents. 
1 see parts of each of you in me (for better or worse). 
Andy, I hope you get here if you really want it. 
Thanks for being a great brother. 1 can laugh at our 
great games. George, I hope I can be as good if not 
better than my dyke. Phil:4:13. Dear Amy, you have 
been so special to me over the last two years. I have 
grown closer to you than anyone else in my life. I 
believe God brought us together when I really needed 
a special freind. I hope I can always make you feel as 
beautiful and loved as you are. Look for rainbows, it 
is wisdom to believe the heart. I love you Amy. 

Dykes — 1985 Bill Tilling 

— 1991 Roger Jarrell 


1985 Jim Keays 

1991 George Petty III 

Cloyd Tallman Tavenner IV 

Chaos, Kung-Fu Master, Grub, Screw. 

Army, Infantry — Electrical Engineering 

Oaks, Pennsylvania 

Wrestling, 4-1: Zoo Crew 2, 1; IEEE Alkies 2, 1; 
Head Bangers 4-1; HMWHC Co.; Nuthin 2, I; Not 
Quite Cpl 3; Almost Sgt 2, Nearly Lt. I; Motley 
Crue's other seats 1; Prince of Space Patrol; VMI 
S.F. 4-1; Beef Boys; Factors 1; Zogging 3; Vmiese; 
EKN; Rapping 2. 

Very passable, this. Who would've thought 20 years 
ago today we would be sittin' around, drinking chate 
au le chattalay wine chattin' about class histor- 
ies. (Chris) I was happier in those days, and I had nuff 
in. (Chris) Well, we had it tough. There were 37 of us 
living in a small shoe box in New Barracks. (Chris) 
Right! We used to have to get up at 2330hrs, half an 
hour before wc went to bed. eat a lump of dry poison,, 
do 50 sweat parties a day, press all the blouses in 
barracks, go to class 47 hours a day and when we got 
back our cpls would slice us in two with a bread knife, 
and dance about our graves singin the Spirit! And if 
ya try and tell the new corps that, they won't believe 
ya! NOPE! Four years at the "I" have gone by fast, 
and although it wasn't fun, we did have some laughs. 
I thank the Gottwalds for their generosity, for with- 
out it I would be going to a Pinko Commie Civilian 
School growing my hair and cursing my country. Hey 
Greg, Goose, Andy, Casp, Millrey, and Butt, where's 
my sabre, big stud? will never get anywhere 
until you are airborne. Jim, control those Hormones! 
Dave, get some excitement! John, watch the personal 
property, and Chris lets go to Vienna and grab a 
brew. I'll miss the bool-sheet. So Long, Batmoss! 
Uncle Cloyd's bedtime stories Bob style. Ammesdog, 
take a raincheck! Dad, thanks for forcing me to stay, 
really! Later, Big Nose. 

Dykes — 1985 Mark Carroll 

— 1991 Trae "Lil Butterball" Wilhelm 

First Class 207 


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Robert Allen Taylor 

Taye. Bud, Teddy, Trapper, Bob 
Army — History 
Danville, Virginia 

Virgin Pvt. 4. 3, 2, 1 — Blow Co. 3 — Chessie Trail 
Crew 3,2 — Summer School. 2, 1 — Dive Club. 4 — 
Mystery Dyke. 2 — New Market fire team. 3. 2, 1 — 
Rack Lab. 3 — The Dean's other list. 3 — Major 

First I would like to thank my parents for their help 
and support. I would also like to thank my brother 
and friends for their encouragement and letters. My 
deepest and sincerest "THANKS'". 
It is finally my turn to sum up the last three and most 
miserable years of my life. However I hope and be- 
lieve that one day all this B.S. will pay off. Until then, 
I will see the "I" as a unique test of a young man's 
self-esteem and endurance. Thankfully I have en- 
dured. The hardships have grossely out numbered the 
good times, but they have also formed some lasting 

Many people in the past have quoted the poem about 
the trail least traveled. Well 1 don't want to be corny 
but the next time I come upon a "fork in the woods" 
I'm taking the path to the "Expressway." I'm glad 
that I did come here and like most other cadets I 
wouldn't do it again. Yet. that is only clear now after 
all the things I have had to endure during my "stay" 
here at the "I". 

Many people have been quoted as saying "life is a ", 
but this place teaches you to say, "So what else is 
new" Well to all of you who have stopped, for your 
own different reasons, and read my Philosophy on 
VMI, 1 would like to finish on a good note by saying. 
"HAPPY BIRTHDAY' and many returns." 

1984 'B Bill Dyer 
1991 Chris Nunn 

Gregg Allen Thomas 

Air Force — Electrical Engineering 
Marshall, Texas 

Rat Council; Rat Training 3, 2, 1; ROTC Scholar- 
ship 4, 3, 2, I; Dean's List 4-1; IEEE 2, 1; Eng. Soc. 
2, 1; Etta Kappa Nu 2. 1; Cpl 3; Sgt 2; 3rd Btn S-2 I; 
Hop and Floor 4-1; BR Re- Admission Mgt. 2; Con- 
cert Crue and Bail Bondsman 1 ; Tunnel Rat 2, 1 ; Zoo 
Crew 2, 1 . 

Four years comes to a close; those of us who have 
been through so much together get to leave this place 
at last. As I write this I (almost) realize that 
when I left VMI is when I'll probably miss it the 
most. It's been a tough four years, and during that 
time there have gbeen a lot of people who have given 
their support. God blessed me with a very close fam- 
ily; I've got limited space, so to all of you: thank you 
for your support, especially my parents, who were 
always there and couldn't have backed me any better 
had they tried. I love you both. I wish success to my 
Brother Rats, as well as to the class of '91 . Eric: good 
luck in the next three years. To my roommates — 
Gus. Ed, Jim it's been both a blast and a trying 
experience rooming together — no one else could 
have put up with us. I can't wait to be free of the wind 
tunnel effect ... I will miss the Sunshine in the 
morning, and I'm afraid that you Ed inherit the black 
hole. To the ever — obnoxious members of the zoo: 
Goose, Chaz, Fisher, Tav, Eric and Gumby. I'm glad 
we never really had to be serious to get things done: 
all of the late night sessions were invaluable but 
tiring. Chaos, Lloyd's in the AM and The Female 
Saga and Adventure Hour always provided enough 
distraction for the maintenance of sanity during 
study hours . . . Happv trails to you, until we meet 
again. — VH 


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1991 Eric Hyde 

Samuel Ryan Thorpe 

Air Force — Economics 
Gibbstown, New Jersey 

Varsity Wrestling; 4, 3, 2, 1; Investment Group 2 VP 
1 ; Deans List; Oxford Program; Monogram Club 4, 
3. 2. 1; Ring Figure Comm.; VMI Cadet 1;; Society 
of Young Economists; Ranker Fan Club 0; Special 
Student Club; VIP Subway Member. 

I would first like to thank God for giving me the 
strength to make it through 4 yrs. Mom and Dad 
you've been great, I'll never be able to repay you for 
your support. I only hope I've made you proud. Ro- 
byn thank you for surviving through VMI, I love you. 
Frank you have always been my #1 fan and the best 
brother anyone could have. Gram-Gramp your the 

VMI has taught me a lot about myself. My experi- 
ences here will help me for the rest of my life. VMI 
has given me friendships no other school could have. 
Kevin, you've made my last years here great! Good 
luck and lets keep our friendship strong as ever. John, 
I wish you were here dude I missed you this year, 
come back! Tom. Jay. Bob and Ben. we have had 
great times, good luck. L'nk, thanks for everything. 
Mike and Paul. Oxford was awesome. Good luck 
next year and keep in touch. Steve, Randy and Phil, 
You've been great roommates. Lynn, hang tough, 
you have been a great dyke. Thanks and good luck! 
As I look back over my 4 years I see all of the great 
times I have had. The bad ones don't seem to stand 
out anymore. 1 remember being at the Subway, the 
Palms, and Spankys. All the road trips and the Sun- 
day Dell Parties. I guess all the things I didn't like 
about VMI during my cadetship have taken a back 
seat to all the fun I've had. 

Dykes — 1985 Art Massaro 

— 1991 Lynn Whitacre 

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Thomas Reynolds Towers Jr 


Army — History 

Goochland, Virginia 

Lacrosse 4. 3, 2. 1; Private 4, 3, 2, 1. 

I can't believe that I am finally a first classman. I 
thought that 1 would never get this far. Now, if I 
graduate on time, things will be great. I could not 
have gone through this experience without the help of 
my friends. You know who you are, so I will not 
wwrite out your names. I am glad that I came to the 
"I", but I am real glad that it is almost over. 1 guess 
that the good times outweighed the bad, but it was 
close. Thanks Mom and Dad for everything. 


1985 Spencer Williamson 
1991 Matt Joyner,Chris Loret 

Steven Glenn Tuck 

Friar, Sponge, Head, SB 

Navy — History/ Modern Languages 

Midlothian, Virginia 

Cpl. 3; Mst. Sgt. 2; Regl. S-4 1; Academically distin- 
guished 3, 2. 1; Cadre 3. 2. 1; VMI Faculty Merit 
Scholarship Award 2; Phi Alpha Theta 2, I — Secre- 
tary, 1 ; Sigma Delta Pi 3. 2, 1 — Secretary 2 — Pres. 
1; beans List 4-1; Band 4-1; Cadet Asst. 2, I; Tutor 
3. 2, 1. 

The journey is almost over and it's hard to believe 
that four years have passed so quickly. It has not been 
an easy trip and I am sincerely indebted to various 
indivduals. First, my family, I do not know how I 
would have survived without your love and support. 
You were always there when 1 needed you. 1 know 
that mere words will not suffice, but remember that 1 
love you very muchh. To Tom, you have been a true 
brother. We have been through a lot together, and I 
shall never forget you. jEven though our careers will 
be different, never forget the memories (Roots. 
Christmas, Chicago , , . ). To Bill, Jeff, Steve, John, 
and Mags, you guys are the greatest. Never forget 
the dreaded cyclon that roams the first stoop. jEven 
though we all seem to have different futures, let's 
always keep in touch. Finally, to Ltc. Ponce. Sir, you 
were a true inspiration and a source of knowledge 
that always inspired me to do my best. More impor- 
tantly, you were a good friend. I shall never forget 
you and 1 hope to live up to your expectations. You 
were like a "second" father at VMI to help me keep 
going. To my dyke, always strive to be the best. 
Never be satisfied with anything but number one. 
Good luck in the Marine Corps. I know that you will 
do well, Mr. Efficient. 

Dykes — 1985 David Randolph Ames Jr. 
— 1991 Craig "Spaz" Streeter 

James Paul Tuemler 

Jim, Fuzzhead, Weed, Meister Bra 

United States Marine Corps — Biology 

Cullooen, West Virginia 

Corporal; First Sergeant; E Company Commander; 
Honor Court 2, 1; Rat Training Cadre; Ring Figure 
Honor Guard; Ring Figure Design Committee; Sem- 
per Fidelis Society; Illegal Car Club 4, 3. 2; Busch 
Gods-Boomvang-Beefboys Alliance; Bio Boys. 

After four years. I still haven't really figured out 
VMI; It's given me the best and worst years of my 
life. How can you dispise a place so much at times 
and still be proud to be part of it? An Alumnus I 
know put it best when he said, "VMI is a lousy place 
to be, but a great place to be from." 
My rooomamates are what truly made this place 
bearable. John, "Buff, with his outrageous humor 
and outlook on life helped me keep my sanity. Mark 
"euseneaus" was the optimistic Southern California 
Gentleman even when everything was going wrong.. 
Sam, "Pumpkinhead". was easy to live with as long 
as you understood that he was God and Texas was 
Heaven. And finally. Terry, affectionately called 
"Ned", struck a balance by being the only resident 
student. A lot of credit alo goes to the Bio Boys. 
Most of all, dl have to thank my family, especially 
my parents and Brother, for all of their support. 
Putting up with a schizzo was probably the world's 
hardest vocation. 

Well, it has been a long hard road, but I've tried to 
make the best of it. with a lot of help from my friends. 
I take a quote from the Grateful Dead that best 
summarized the attitude that helped me survive these 
four years, "... I may be going to hell in a bucket, 
but at least I'm enjoying the ride ..." Goodbye 
VMI and thanks for the gray hair! 

1985 Sean PI Oliver 
1991 Mark H. Haslam 

First Class 209 

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Turbo-Wiff-Capt AFT 

Army Engineering — ME 

Richmond, Virginia 

Air Force 4, 3, 2; Army 2.5, I ;' Capt Aft 2: #rd Class 
Thesis, Gas Champ 4; # years running OG A 1 , Pvl 4, 
2, 1; Cpl 3; ASME 4. 3', 2, 1. 

Why 1 came to VMl I'm still not sure. Maybe it was 
the cute uniforms or maybe it was just plain stupidity 
like I've said many times. The years have flown and 
the mother "I" has grown on me. One day I will look 
back with pride and understanding and see the pur- 
pose behind a lot of what has happened. This place 
has given me a lot mor than 1 realize and more than I 
will probably ever know. 

The last four years haven't been easy but it's almost 
over. To all the ME dogs, it's been fun and lord 
knows I've done my share of laughing and not study- 
ing. Kevin, one day I might thank you but for now 
and hopefully a long time to come. THANKS! 
To my family I'd love to thank you all separately but 
there's no room. Mom and Dad thanks for everything 
you've done I never thought that the day would come 
sis, I've surprised the hell out of myself and you'll 
never hear the end of it. I love you all. Cindy you 
have made the last 3 years belter than it could have 
ever been I'll always love you. 
If there's one dream that could have come true It's 
that my grandfather would have seen me walk across 
the stage instead of just knowing I was coming. It 
would have meant so much more. 

I will miss you all. GOOD BYE 

Dykes — 1985 Bill Wienner 
— 1991 Jon Howe 

John Hammond Urner Jr. 

Hammer, "H", Ham 

Army Infantry — English 

Hagerstown, Maryland 

Swimming 4, 3; Cpl 3; Rat Training 2, 1; Stud 
3. 2, 1. 

Well this is it, I hope. Over the last 4 years, I hate to 
say it, but I've actually come to appreciate VMI. 
More than the school I've come to feel the comradery 
and closeness to one's friends, especially my room- 
mates. Thanks for putting up with all my stuff. Rich, 
good luck in the Navy and when you and Geoff get 
married call me. Geoff when Gregory and Walter 
call don't turn them down, besides it will be good for 
the bar. Chris maybe Spring Break will be an exciting 
time and lets hope more than 1 girl 1 time. I wish you 
all the best of luck. 

Mom and Dad, thank you for all the support and 
understanding you've given me. To my grandmother, 
who went to W&L during her youth, I'd like to say; 
VMl loves you too. Grandad. I hope I've made you 
proud because I've always been proud of you. Cathy 
and Mary you've been checking guys out for 4 years, 
but thanks for being there. 

Goodbye VMII! 

Andrei Paul Urtiew 

Mad-Cossak, Urt, R2-D2 

Civilian Corps — History 

Livermore, California 

Private 4, 3, 2, I; Glee Club 4, 3, 2, 1; Arnolds Air 
Society 3, 2, 1: VMI Firefighters 2, 1; Canterburv 
Club 2. 1; 1930 PX Check-Formation Corner Gang 

It's over and I thank the Lord for miracles. 

Mom. Dad, Sis, thank you for your love and support! 

My roommates, room 113, Rat Roommates, Dan. 
Tom, Rusty, and "Brother Rat" Larry. The good 
times we had together are imprinted at VMI and 
especially in California forever! 

Boudz Zdorov! 

"Yes there are two paths that you can go on but in 
the long run, there's one" (Led Zepplin) 

Dykes — 1985 Keith Byron 

— 1991 Milner,M. Pugel,J. Duda 

Dykes — 1985 Donald Graham 
— 1991 Joe Covev 

MO First Class 

Thomas Janir Ustach 

Army — History 

Kultawat Vaijai 

Joo, Arm, Fuzzball 
Royal Thai Army (Armor) 
Bangkok, Thailand 






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Michael Louis Vitulano 

Mike, Vit, Vito, Vigilante, Hood, Trog 

U.S. Marine Corps — Economics 

Secaucus, New Jersey 

Varsity Soccer; Editorial Editor of Cadet; CIC of 
1988 Symposium; Commie Pinko Freak. 

USA Today Staff, Washington Post Team, Certified 
Scuba, More than one wife Club, OV55 Rack P.T. 
Record Holder, Chicks' Chasing Instructor. 

Cpl. 3;Pvt. 4, 2. l;Dean's List 3, 2;USMC Scholar- 
ship 3.2,1 ;Semper Fi Soc. 2, 1 ;Rugby 4, 3, 2, 1 ;New- 
man Club 4, 3;Bulldog 2;Booze Cruiser 4. 3;Soc. of 
Young Economists l;4th Man-Club 69 2, l;Vernie 
Reichling .Appreciation Soc. 2;Cadet Staff 1. 

For the past three years I have been told how to be a 
good man. The Institute told me the difference be- 
tween right and wrong in the honor code. 1 don't lie, 
cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do. The Institute 
showed me what it takes to be a productive member 
of society through the rat line. It takes guts and a 
sense of obligation. The Institute told me I'm better 
than everyone else becuse i wear the ring. But the 
Institute never asked me what I thought. Thanks 
Ned, Grahm. Ted. John, Brent, Jim and the History 
and English Departments for asking "I saw the best 
minds of my generation destroyed by madness." 

Allen Ginsberg "Howl" 

My Friend, 

It is difficult to write these words, since not only are 
you so far away, but the limits of my language do not 
permit me to express the feelings that all of us share. 
What would any of us have done without you? Your 
easy going attitude and philosophy helped to offset 
the blind and sometimes uncaring rules we were all 
chained to. Many times you saved me from my own 
foolishness, of which I shall never forget you. 
Knowing you as I do, I firmly believe you will be a 
success at everything you undertake. I can only wish 
you the best of happiness, most fortunate of luck, and 
the highest of inspiration I feel the proudest to be 
able to call you friend. 

Good Luck Always, 


Mike has been a true friend to everyone here at VMI. 
Coming from the meadows of Secaucus, NJ, he was 
one of the most sincere persons that one could meet. 
He would always be in a somewhat good attitude. 
"Sticking it out until it was over" was his common 
expression for he was never willing to give up or quit. 
Being able to graduate from VMI means a lot to 
Mike, but more to his family back home. They had 
confidence that he could do it. Mike will receive a 
commission in the Marine Corps upon graduation a 
title to claim by few in his gometown. We hope he 
accomplishes the many challenges in good spirit in 
the Marines as well as he did at the "I. Good luck 
Mike, we'll always remember you. Semper Fi. — 

I would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge 
those who played an integral part in helping me sur- 
vive the long, hard-fought battle towards graduation. 
Thank you Lord for giving me the strength and abili- 
ty to endure the rigorous life at VMI. To Marty, DC, 
and Big 0: You guys are the best. It was a pleasure 
being the 4th man. To Mom: Thanks for the never- 
ending paper work and administrative duties that you 
have done for me. To Dad: Your advice and support 
was more valuable than a VMI education could ever 
offer. To Steve: Good luck in college Bro. I love you 
all very much. To the class of "88" Semper fi. Ital- 
ians are #1 — "Vito" 

Dykes — 1985 Dave White 
— 1991 Paul Rubin 

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1985 Mark "Marco" Flessner 
1991 Ed Insinna — "rator" 

First Class 211 


Adam Charles Volant 

Army — 


Class President 4. 3, 2, 1; VMI Firefighters 3, 2, 1; 
Timmons Society 4; VMI Pep Band 4; Sounding 
Brass 2, 1; Rat Training 3. 2; S-5 Tour 4. 3; Cpl.3; 
Color Sgl. 2; Pit. Sgt. 2; 2nd BNXO I; VMIT 3; 
Newman Club 3, 2. 

David Kirkland Wade 

Suede, Squidly 

Army, infantry — Biology 

Crewe, Virginia 

Rod and Gun Club 3, 2, 1; Karate Club 3; RFT 3. 2, 
1 ; Private 4. 3,2, 1 ; Rat Training (rapelling) 1 ; Rack 
Monster 4, 3. 2. 1. 

Edward Dishman Wagner 

Ted, Wags, Wagoneer, Mr.T, TWII 

Army — Economics 

New Canaan, Connecticut 

Pvl 4, 3, 2, 1 ; D Co. Rep. TCFC 3; Drug and Alcohol 
Committee 3,2. 1 ; Vice Chairman 1 ; Religious Coun- 
cil 3, 2; College Republicans 1. 

I dedicate my years at VMI to my Father. Joseph 
S. Volant, who was so proud of this Institute, its nu- 
merous attributes and lenghty heritage. He adored 
these four walls more than I ever could; I always had 
an appreciation for Dad's perspective. And though 
Dad never knew my reasons for coming to VMI, he 
understood why I would stay. Dad gave me knowl- 
edge enough to persue my own education while he 
had little formal education himself. He had wisdom 
enough to guide me through my various trials and 
seemingly endless tribulations. Dad also possessed 
the disciplme it took to temper my resistance; I am 
thankful to God that all the help I received from my 
family came from the heart; that means more to me 
than all the frivolous paper in the world. 

The night before 1 went home for Christmas Fur- 
lough Second-Class year. I called Dad; he told me he 
loved me, and that felt really warm. 1 remember him 
commenting about the glare he'd be able to see rising 
above Chicago as I flew in with my shiny new Class 
Ring . But Dad never got to see my Ring or Gradua- 
tion, unless The Promise is True, and in that case. 
Here's to you Pops! I only regret that I never knew 
how proud you were until the linen stars shone radi- 
antly through the back window moving slowly Home, 
and that 1 never got to tell you — I am proud of you 

I never really did get the hang of things at VMI. The 
stereotype of the purposeful, yet cynical cadet just 
does'nt seem to fit me. Those who know me know that 
I am more of a cross between Binkly of Bloom Coun- 
ty and a Columbian drug dealer. However, VMI has 
been the scene for some interesing experiences and 
has made for not a few good friends. 
There's my bestest buddy Chris, who worries about 
everything (particularly about money), my fellow 
drunkard Paul (AB), who worries about a lot but at 
least has the good sense to pretend he doesn't. 
There's Scot, a great guy whon I have yet to figure 
out, and finally Ed, who lives atop a mountain of 
successes (most of which are in his mind). Great guys 
and good friends all! Well . . . guys, anyway. Good 
luck, and if I ever get my business trading in blond 
women with small noses built up, you're all welcome 
to come in as partners. 

Glass shelves from Hell. 


The past four years I have hated this place, so much 
that I loved to hate VMI. But 1 dought that anyone 
wears the ring with any more pride than I. Any VMI 
graduate can understand that. When I look back, the 
memories that will bring a smile to my face will be of 
the people I met and of the friends I made. My 
Brother Rats made this my greatest experience. 
However, there are some special people who made it 
possible for me to come and stay here. Mom, I don't 
know who worked harder for me to graduate, you or 
I. The ring I gave you is the smallest of tokens show- 
ing my appreciation. Dad, you always made me feel 
like 1 was larger than life. I'm grateful for the sup- 
port. Kathy, you always kept me honest, but you also 
helped me to laugh at myselff and believe it or not I 
really needed that. Patty, you've come so far that 1 
admire your own accomplishments. They make any- 
thing I've done look insignificant. Barb. I don't know 
how 1 could have survived without your visits, letters 
and carepackages. 'You've been a great twin. In short 
you all have spoiled me more than I can ever put into 
words. There are others to whom all I can say is, 
thanks wouldn't be enough to express my gratitude. 
The strongest of all warriors are these two — time 
and patience. 


Dykes — 1985 Ken Hirlinger (Dinger) 

— 1991 Rich Mc Cormack, David Stripe 

Dykes — 1985 Steve Barcik 
— 1991 John Hale 

Dvkes — 1985 Joe Klaus 

— 1991 Dave Williams 


Edward Dana Wallenthin Jr. 


Army — History 

Attleboro, Massachusetts 

Virginia Program at Oxford 1986; Association of 
U.S. Army 4; Martial Arts Club 3; Dean's Honor 
List 3, 2, 

With the end of my cadetship rapidly approaching, I 
must look back on the past four years and reflect. I 
cannot say that I have ever hated VMI; despite all 
the reasons 1 may have and all the complaining I have 
done, at times I have downright enjoyed it. While I 
certainly look forward to moving on and leaving the 
sheltered world of VMI, I know that I will miss my 
classmates and my school very much. I must say that 
the successive challenges of the Ratline and then 
remaining at VMI three more years leave me with a 
great sense of accomplishment and pride that nothing 
can diminish. To all those upperclassmen who tried 
to run me out of school and went out of their way to 
make my Rat year especially miserable: Thank you 
for the challenge! My only hope is that the adminis- 
tration will preserve the toughness and challenge of 
the Ratline to be enjoyed by future generations, and 
not succumb to the spirit of liberalism, taking away 
the challenge and priceless sense of accomplishment 
that make VMI unique. 

Thank you Mom and Dad for all the support. Thank 
you Nancy and Wendy; Auntie Doris and Uncle 
Jack; and Uncle Charlie. Good luck Steve and Doug! 
Reflecting on the past four years, I can say that I 
have loved the challenges and have no regrets about 
my decision to come to VMI. It has taught me more 
than I ever expected. 


1985 Craig R. Lamb 

1991 Yu H'siao-pin 

Aubrey Alfred Walton Jr. 


Air Force — Mech. Engineering 

Griffin, Georgia 

Football 4, 3, 2. 1; Track 4, 3, 2, 1; Monogram Club 
4. 3, Secretary 2, President I ; Fellowship of Christian 
Athletes 3, 2, 1. 

I want to start by saying thanks to my family. I 
couldn't have made it without your support. I wish 
Dad could have been here to see me graduate. I know 
how bad he wanted me to do well. I can't believe it's 
finally over. Rat year was really a culture shock! 
knew it would be tough. but I didn't think it would be 
anything I couldn't handle. Thanks to a great dyke.S- 
teve Palmer, and two great rat roommates,Jim An- 
derson and Brent Hashimoto,! made it through the 
year.,\s thirds,! picked new roommates who turned 
out to be the greatest guys in the world. We've been 
through a lot guys, thanks for all the great times;the 
fridge. wrestling in the room after TAPS.rapelling 
down the trashchutes at 3 AM. the Corps Trip to the 
Citadel when we almost got hauled in. parties in the 
room after TAPS.etc.You have been the best room- 
mates and friends a person could ask for. Going to 
school here at VMI has been quite an experience! 
wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. Thanks 
Dave,Walt,and Tom,and good luck to my dyke, hope 
you get as much out of here as ! did. Thanks also to 
John, Joe. Phil, Bill, and Ken. A very special thanks to 
the lady of my life, who has made my last two years 
here much easier. You have added that little extra 
that made me want to excel. Mom, Gary, and Jenni- 
fer,! love you and thank you for everything. A special 
thanks to the men of Room 120. It's been great. 

Dykes — 1985 Steve Palmer 

— 1991 Jonathan Greer 

Chi-Hsiang Wan 

George, Bug, Chr- Wan-Fan 
Army — ME 
Taipei, Taiwan 

Tanker 2; Cadet Battery 
Club Room X84 2, I. 

1; International Club 1; 

It's hard to believe that I've finished four years at 
VMI. I have learned a lot from being in VMI, and the 
States, but it's too much for me to explain in this 
paragraph. However, I would say one thing — I was 
really fortunate to have made many friendships. 
Good luck to everyone. 

Dykes — 1985 Ching-Pu Chen 
— 1991 Daniel Huang 

First Class 213 

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John Joseph Wanat 

J.J.,Ozz,Whammie,What Not 

Marine Corps — History 

Phoenixville, PA 

Honor Court 1; 12th Man 1; Marine Corps Mara- 
thon 3, 2, 1; Rat Training 1; Semper Fi Society 3, 2. 
I; Firefighters 3. 2, 1; Cadet Asst 3, 2, 1; Copenhagen 
Stockholder 3, 2, 1; 8,9 Bulldog Pit 2, 1; DAKS 1. 

Well the end has finally arrived. It is very hard to 
write in such a short space what it took 4 years to 
experience. I hope that I will be able to use all the 
lessons 1 learned here. Leaving the "I" will be a 
pleasure and a pain. The memories will be a part of 
me forever and the friendships I will never forget. I 
honestly cannot think of another place where the 
bonds of friendship could be forged so strongly. We 
came here 4 years ago as individuals and we leave 
here as Brothers. What would 4 years at VMI be like 
without great friends to share it with? It's a scary 
thought. I feel very lucky to have met so many good 
people. Wc owe a lot to our dykes and I want to thank 
Quintin for guiding me through Rat year. All the 
guvs from F Troop, you are the best. We've stuck 
together since Rat year and no other company is 
tighter. Jim and James, I could not have asked for 
two better guys to live with for 4 years. Thank you for 
everything. Mom and Dad there is no way I could 
ever express my thanks to you in words. I owe you so 
very much. I love you both. Grandmom, thank you, I 
hope Pop-Pop is proud. Janine life would have been 
miserable here without you. You stayed with me 
through it all and 1 hope you will be there for the rest 
of my life. Todd and John I hope I influenced you in 
the right way. Hang in there it's worth it. Goodbye 
VMI, Semper Fi!! 


1985 Quintin Elliott 

1991 John D. Bower,Todd Kuchler 

Kevin Christopher Warren 

Warbo, Moonhead, Mel 

U.S. Army — ME 
Chesterfield County, VA 

Cadre 3, 2, 1; Cpl; Sgt; Lt; Boxing Team 2, 1; Soccer 
4; Ring Figure Design Committee; Firefighters 3, 2, 

It was yesterday and it was a lifetime ago as I picture 
myself straining through Jackson Arch, filled with 
pride and determination. I have loved this place and I 
have hated it, in the end I have lived through it. At 
any rate I would not trade the experiences I've had 
for anything. Mama, Daddy, Drew, Kyle and Tara I 
can't tell you how much I appreciate all you've done 
for me. We've grown a lot in the last 4 years. We 
didn't always get along so well but I feel closer to you 
now than ever. Mama & Daddy the sheepskin is ours 
I hope I've made you proud and that I've been worth 
the trouble. I love you. To all the rest of my family I 
want to thank you for your support it has made me 
work even harder so I wouldn't let you down. Andrei, 
Bill, Drew, Sean you were all great roommates. Scott 
Old Lady Crawford's class was 10 years ago. We've 
lived our lives together. You've been a great freind 
soom we will go our separate ways. Thanks just isn't 
enough. God bless you and give you the wonderful 
life you deserve. Wiennie you were a great dyke. I 
hope I've been half as good for Tim and Todd as you 
were for me. Dykes good luck and I hope your cader- 
ship is as fulfilling as mine was. Lastly Robin you 
made the last two years here better than I could have 
dreamt them to be. The love we have shared I will 
always cherish. I love you! Pa, Grandpa, Grandma 
and Grannie, I wish you were here now to share my 

Siratep Yuktasevi 

Tep, The Great 

Infantry, Royal Thai Army — CE 

Krung Tep, Thailand 

Wednesday & Saturday Afternoon Walking Club 
43;Rugby Club 31;Ranger Platoon 32;Cadet Battery 
l;Sec. to VMI Intl. Club l;No Mail Club;Unauthor- 
ized Motoring Club 432;Chamois Club LRoyal 
Bangkok Sports Club;Communists Hunting Club. 

When this man arrived in the strange land, all who 
come upon him knew what he was: a warrior, a con- 
queror. Forever they would call him Great Hero in 
honor of his deeds. — Rehoboth 9:27:87 

My Friend Tep, 

Even though I have only known you a short time, I 
feel as if it has been much longer. The stories of your 
youth involving that poor gardener never ceases to 
make me laugh, even now. Through your endeavors 
to become the best in every way. you have set new 
heights for all to imitate. Your selfiessness and will- 
ingness to aid anyone in need has only helped 
strengthen my high opinion of you. Your honor, in- 
tegrity, courage, and sense of duty I have not seen 
equalled. If any man could ever be called a hero, then 
surely you stand above him. 

You have been a great roommate and a true friend. 
Forever the hero, may you serve your king as nothing 
but the finest in spirit and deed. Your Friend Always, 

I would like to thank my parents, Na Pom, my late 
Grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Mapunya, Tony and all of 
the brothers in The Royal Thai Armed Forces for 
without them I wouldn't have made it through VMI. 


1985 Bill Wieners 

1991 Tim Roberts.Todd Early 


1982 Del Ertzner 
1991 Piya Sirisuth 

M4 First Class 

Michael R. Wright 

Mr. Right, Tyrant, Mike, the "Hacker" 

VARNG — B.S. Mathematics 

Gum Tree, Virginia 

BOMB 3, 2, 1; Corporal, Sergeant, 1st Lieutenant; 
Firefighters 3, 2, 1; Cadre 3; JET III Fan Club Presi- 
dent 4, 3, 2, I : Band 4, 3, 1 ; Dean's Other List 3.2, 1 ; 
Rigid with Hopeful Anticipation Truly Club 1 ; Cadet 
Asst. 2, Fencing 4, 3; SPS 2; AAS 4, 3; OCF 2. 

Frank, if at first you don't succeed, change the rules. 
And if that doesn't work, invent a new game. 1 
learned from you the importance of not being alone 
in any situation that is presented, whether it is good 
or bad. I never would have believed that someone 
from '88 and '87 could actually get along without 
fighting over which ratline was the toughest or which 
class is the best. You proved to me. that VM I men, no 
matter what differences they may have, always stick 
together under pressure. You made up for an absence 
in the Corps this year. Dave, thanks for the Beeman. 
I'll pay you back later. Do you remember shoe-fly-pie 
as rats, the tunnel as thirds, and the curse of our class 
miniature held true, even with me. By the way, who 
did we take to Ring Figure? Somehow we've always 
seemed to change a losing proposition into a fighting 
chance to survive. Never say die? Exactly. I know the 
score, it was published in the CADET in your name. 
Second Class year was the toughest? 1 now know 
what you mean by that statement for this year I too 
lacked not only a roomie and Irish drinking buddy, I 
lacked a brother. Jet. remember Directive 4-classi- 
fied, terminate with extreme prejudice, and who the 
heck are you dating now? Many thanks go to God. 
my family, BR's, Dave, Frank, the Tylers, and just 
recently, Caroline. I Love Ya All!! 

Dykes — 1985 David L. Brennan 
— 1991 Shannon M. Daly 













Stephen William Waters 

Head, Gansz 

Air Force — English 

Martinsburg, West Virginia 

Regimental Drum Major; Cpl 3; Commanders 4, 3. 2, 
1; Asst 2nd Class Editor VMI Bomb; 1988 Ring 
Figure Magazine Staff Writer; Cadet Waiter 1; Ca- 
det Asst 1; After TAPS Pilon Warriors; Band Room 
Study Crew. 

Why do I wish to be a graduate of VMI? I must have 
asked myself that question more times than I would 
like to admit. As a rat,l questioned my ability to make 
the grade and endure life at this place;especially the 
lonely weekends and the almost unbearable Mon. 
mornings. I can't truly express how important my 
friends and roommates have been.Bill.somehow we 
two WVa boys made it through this place. Jim. you & 
I walked into Rm 413 15 Aug 84 bewildered & 
scared.soon we'll walk across the stage with a joy only 
a VMI man will understand. Well Greg. you and I 
spent many late nights in the Timmons Rm studying 
with an occasional wrestling match in between. My 
personal faith has kept me sane and happy but if it 
were not for Wanda, I would not know what love 
really is. I am proud just knowing that soon she will 
be my wife. Wand. you keep me smiling when I'm 
ready to call it quits and if it were not for your letters 
or support and weekend visits, 1 would not have spent 
my last four years here. I am ever grateful for the love 
and support of my family. I now must say goodbye to 
VMI. I take with me a feeling of pride and accom- 
plishment that makes me proud to call myself a VMI 
man I've been told that nothing worthwhile ever 
came easy and I now know more than ever the true 
meaning of those hallowed words," . . , and I took the 
road less traveled by;and that has has made all the 
difference." — Frost 


1985 Bill Reid 
1991 Russell Raffay 

William Mattew Wauben III 

Woben, Wham, Spartacus, Matt Granite 

Navy — Mechanical Engineer 

Springfield, Virginia 

Officer of the Guards Association — Band Co. Rep. 
1; Rat Training Cadre 2. I; Commanders 4. 3. 2. 1; 
Debate Team 3; Ganszbusters 1. 

There is an old story about "a boy named Sue" which 
most people know. 1 think my VMI experience, like 
most, could be compared with that story. VMI has 
done for me what that name did for Sue. My stay 
here at school has given me more sadness, anger, 
pain, and frustration than I could have imagined. The 
administration, other cadets, and the system itself 
have been the main culprit in this. Like Sue however, 
I have grown much from this place. The pride, the 
sense of honor, the vision, and especially the incredi- 
ble friendships developed could not have been if this 
wasn't the nation's hardest school. Thanks to my 
family for the constant help as well as my friends 
from home and other colleges. My thanks also go to 
all the guys in Band Co. for putting up with me and 
being my friends. Thanks also to my BR's. especially 
to the guys in 139 and 158. Thanks finally to Tom, 
Mike, Frank, Charlie, TC, and Doc for being such 
great roommates and friends over the years. You 
guys are the best. You've given me laughter, wisdom, 
and helped me through a lot of anger and sorrow to 
even greater amounts of triumph. This school, like 
the name Sue did in the story makes one tougher and 
more mature. Watch out Navy and CIA — here I 
come! Thanks VMI for all you've given me. Let us 
not forget however that the "boy named Sue" shot 
his dad when he found him. I'd have done the same. 


1985 Chris "Bullethead" Welch 
1991 Steve "Elvis" Costello 

First Class 215 

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Jimmie Weatherford Jr. 

Baby Jr. ,Robatron,Gumby, Bullet Head 

Air Force — Economics 

Danville, Va 

Promaji Club 4. 3, 2. Vice Pres 1; Boxing 4, 3, 2, 
Treasurer 1; VMl Commanders 4, 3, 2; Hop & Floor 
4. 3; Communications Commitee 3, 2, Pres 1; Wres- 
tling 3; Football Manager 3; Public Relations Com- 
mittee 2, I; Sgt. 2; 1st Bn.S-5 1. 

Four years have gone by so fast, it seems like only 
yesterday when I entered the gates of VMI. First of 
allFd like to thank The Lord my Savior Jesus Christ 
for strength and guidence. Secondly I'd like to thank 
my mother. Grandmother. brother, and Meryl for giv- 
ing me love. support, and encouragement throughout 
my cadetship. Thirdly I'd like to thank my roomies- 
.Shelton and Ray for pulling me through the bad 
times and being here to share the good times. Ray 
and Shelton it has been graet being your roommate 
for the past three years. I know that oyu will go farin 
life and our bond of friendships will be everlasting. 
To my Dyke, Neal Varnado stay strong and uphold 
the image of the V.MI man and be proud of who you 
are Remember you will be whatever vou resolve to 

Dykes — 1985 Mark Winger 
— 1991 Neal Varnado 

Timothy Jarrod West 

'Nute, 'Nuke, Manute, Slim 

Navy — English 

Petersburg, Virginia 

Basketball Manager 4, 3; Promaji Club4, 3. 2, 1; 
English Society 2, 1; Trident Society 2, \: Dog Phi 
Dog 3; Pup Phi Pup 2, 1; First Stoop "Rat Disco" 4, 

3. 2, 1. 

Farewell happy fields. 

Where joy forever dwells! Hail horrors! Hail, 

Indernal world! And thou, Profoundest Hell, 

Recieve thy New Possessor, one who brings 

A mind not to be changed by place or time. 

The mind is its own place, and in itself 

Can make a Heaven of Hell, A Hell of Heaven. 

John .Milton 

"Paradise Lost," \. 249-55 
As they say VMI is what you make of it, but it can 
also make you. I did not let VMI break me down, I let 
VMI build me up, transform me into one seeks suc- 
cess in all endeavors. It is with the Grace of God and 
the support from family, friends, and my own strong 
will that I have made it thus far along the winding 
road of life. Thanks to God, Mom, Dad, my brothers 
and sisters, especially Mark for coming through for 
us all when times were tough. I hope that I make you 
as proud of me as 1 am of you. To all my roommates 
over the years; Pete, Honeybear, Hoop, Steve, Kev- 
, Roy, Big Mike,Little Mike, Mark, What can I sayto 
you all in such limited space? Hey Guy! I'll never 
trade our experiences together for the world. I will 
never forget them and I will always look upon them 
with the fondest memories'cause I got to! We made it 
with a few casualties. 

Dykes — 1985 William "Wild Bill" Engelson 
— 1991 Lenny Washington 

Trace Patrick West 

The Assassin 

Armor — History 

Norfolk, Va. 

The Cadet 2, 1; Rugby 2, 1; Football 4; Private 4, 3, 
2, I; Deans Other List 4, 3, 2, 1; La Casa De Verde 
Club 4, 3, 2, 1; Frat Row 2, 1; Number One Club 2; 
Restrictive Status 4, 3. 2, I: Key West Appreciation 
Society 2, 1. 

Trying to write a history of myself is about as unua- 
sual as my four years at the Institute. I have "earned" 
over nine months of confinement and at least 200 
penalty tours, yet this didn't bring me down! Why? 
Because I was "lucky" to become a member of the 
VMI fraternity (Another story all together). 
My intentions of this "self history is not to boast on 
my merits or demerits (more of the latter). But to 
thank a few individuals for their support. To my 
roomies 1 owe a great deal for pushing me through 
the daily routines we all dread. To the Rugby team I 
owe thanks for keeping VMI in perspective. Without 
these mutants life as a cadet can become unbearable. 
The most important influence in my cadetship was 
Mom and "Pops". They made this "Trip" more com- 
fortable. I will remember the love and support my 
family has givenme for a lifetime. 
My "Classmates" have given me loads of memories 
for which to cherish — Thanks Guys, You'll are the 
If I'm here next Aug. — Please send mail (HA, HA) 

Dykes — 1984 Robert Jones 
— 1991 Larry Murry 

216 First Class 

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Edward Lee Wetherell 

Psycho, Eddie, Special Ed, Airborne 
Army — History 
Fairfax, Virginia 

Cadre Cpl. 3; Ranger Pit. 4, 3; Rat training 3; At- 
tending in Spirit 3, 2; Illegal car Club 3; Airborne 4; 
College Republicans 1; Dismissed 3; New Life 1; 
Forever Grateful. 

Thorpe Clarke Whitehead 

"Whitebread", "Doc" 

Army Medical Corps — Biology B.S. 

Moneta, Virginia 

Baseball 84-86; Rod and Gun Club 85 
88: Bio Bovs 84- 88. 

3; Pres 

James Woodburn Wiecking 

Marine Corps — History; German 
Richmond, Virginia 

Rat Council — Vice President; .Academic Stars — 2. 
l;8-9 BulldogPlt. 2;RFTCadre — 2, l;503SSH4, 
3, 2, I; Semper Fi Society 2. 1. 

Though my time at the Institute is not yet over the 
time has come for me to tell my story .The road I have 
taken to get is not the usual one. but I have arrived 
nonetheless. I only regret that I must remain here for 
a short time after those who brought me back have 
gone. I could never thank my friends enough for 
supporting me and not only making my return possi- 
ble, but pleasant as well. You have all proven the 
strength of the bond between us and proven these 
bonds will endure. I am proud to say that I stood with 
you all. At times 1 hated it here . at times 1 loved it, 
but no matter the emotion I would never trade it for 
anything. I pray that our futures are as promising as 
the foundations we have built and that our legacy is 
as noble as our personal heritage has been. To my 
family, thank you I love you all! To Elizabeth words 
are often insuffient but one line sums it up. "Well I'll 
never be a stranger and I'll never be alone, whenever 
we're together thats my home" B. Joel 
.''ind those who wonder how we made it "We dug in 
deep and shot on sight and prayed to Jesus Christ 
with all our might. . ..and we held on to each other 
like brother to brother and we promised our mothers 
we'd write." B. Joel 

Nothing comes easy, so they say. Well, love and un- 
measurable help from my & sister- well as friends will contradict that statement- 
.Mom and Dad, I will be hard pressed to give my 
children what you have given me in my short lifetime- 
Graduation from this institute is not only a 4 year 
accomplishment, but a cumulative of my 21 years as 
your son. You prepared me well, thank you. 
Though I unwillfully part from my friends. I will be 
with you in thought! hope the Bio-Boys adventures 
live on in an empty Carroll Hall like they will in my 
mind. Mike, roommate, thanks for keeping me smiling- 
. Let's keep it uplAnthony, roommate. thanks for being 
my brother for the past 4 years. Now let's "Get the 
hell out of Dodge". 

Looking ahead, the future is so far off,yet last fall and 
.August 15,1984 seem like yesterday. As quick as it 
began it is now over. Hey. I had a blastlLet's be hones- 
t,il's not going to take me till I'm greying to admit 
it. but the years we spent here have been the best of 
our young life. Think, if you disagree then you 
shouldn't have been here in the first place. I am the 
proud benefactor of my association with this institu- 
te.! am proud of my brother rats and most important- 
ly myself.The trial is over. 

"Let us cross to the other side of the river, and rest 
under the shade of its trees. 
Thomas (Stonewall) Jackson 

Trying to condense 4 years of life into a limited space 
is a difficult task for anyone to undertake and accom- 
plish but, this is the hallmark of a VMl education — 
doing the difficult and doing it well. Afterall there is 
no room for second best when dealing with ourselves, 
what we have accomplished and what we will accom- 
plish in the future. However, there is always room for 
the people who make a difference in our lives. John 
and James — 4 years and nothing can speak well 
enough about our friencship formed here. Chris and 
Chris — your wisdom and understanding belie your 
years of experience, but these attributes place you 
above the crowd. Pete — nothing can equal the joy I 
have known being friends. Phil — the gentleman and 
scholar; my respect for you has grown beyond the 
bounds I have ever known and you will set standard 
by which others are measured. F-troop unity. — 
Mom and Dad, your support and love made VMI a 
family event causing our bonds to become stronger 
than ever. 

The "I" has let me grow like no other place. I came 
because people had no faith, I leave sure of myself 
and richer for the experience. Thanks for the memo- 
ries and events which altered my views of the things 
around me. A special thanks to Rob Mclntire as my 
dyke and my guide as I approached and now end my 


1985 Tom Rahe 
1991 Sean Boyle 

Dykes — 1985 Albert L. Saunders 
— 1991 Chris Bryant 


1985 Rob Mclntire 
1991 Burk Sessoms 

First Class 217 



Tedric Gordon Wilkinson 

Ten Percent, Fat Boy 

Navy — Civil Engineering 
Buffalo, New York 

4 Years Of Varsity Lacrosse; Monogram Club; Engi- 
neering Student Council; Corporal For Ten Days; 
Confinment For 2 Years. 

This place hasn't been the best time, but it wasn't 
meant to be! T'm sad its over but happy to leave. I'll 
always remember my rat roommates, John Boniface, 
Chris Bunn. Ben Semmes, and John Ancona and the 
good time we tried to have as rats. 
Lax and the friends Fve gotten from the game I owe 
a lot to. We didn't win every game, we got in more 
than our share of trouble (Georgia 86 + 87). but wc 
had our share of good limes and more. I'd especially 
like to thank Botts Smith, Todd Williamson, Bill 
McCarthy, Grant Kiehl and John Kay for the influ- 
ence they had on me good or bad. 
.■\lso if it wasn't for Lax I never would have met 
Blair. There's to many good times to mention, all I 
can say is thanks for making the past year and a half 
the best I've ever had. 

Dykes — 1985 Bob Baldwm 

— 1991 Tom Grant.John "Vino" Duffy 

Calvin Edmond Williams 

CW, C, Rif 

Army — Civil Engineering 

Alexandria, Virginia 

Football 4. 3. 2; Promaji 4. 3. 2 President 1; Mono- 
gram 3. 2. I ; Pvt. 4. 3. 2. 1 ; FC A3. 2, 1 ; ASCE 4. 3. 2. 
1; Summer School Club. 

I came to VMI an open mind ready to take on the 
world. But after being here for awhile. I had alot of 
self doubts about myself. But now I am confident in 
my goals and abilities. VMI has has shown me there 
is more to life than pretty girls and having fun. The 
school has taught me a sense of honor and respect for 
myself that no school could have shown me. 
Well J. Ron. and JD, it has been a long way down the 
ladder, now all we have to do is put our feet on the 
ground. We had some good memories which I will 
always remember and cherish. Looking back: late 
night talks, road trips, Key Wesl.pre-game lessons- 
, football games, Ring Figure. summer school. Promaji 
parties.etc.. there is too much to write down. There 
were many things didn't like about this place, but we 
wouldn't have traded it for anything in the world 
(mabey some things). Sometimes when you are all 
alone with nothing else to do but think , . . are we 
having fun yet? 

Thanks to: God, Mom and Dad for advice and sup- 
port, Patty.Chucky and William for keeping the 
faith, my roomates for the good times Friends Fore- 
ver, Sunshine for always brightening my day. Brother 
Rats Good Luck. 
Sometimes I wonder, do dreams come true . . . 

Dykes — 1985 Thompson TB 

— 1991 Buehler EA, Shclton RD 

David Lee Williams Jr 

Navy — Mechanical Engieering 
Chesapeake, Virginia 

Cadet Captain; Golf Company Commander; First 
Sgl.; Corporal; First Class Historian; ASME Student 

The time has finally come for my cadetship to come 
to an end. A four year period at times I thought I 
would never see the end of. However, now as I look 
back it seems that the long four years were just but a 
few minutes in my life. Surely I would have never 
made it through these four years if it were not for the 
many sources of support that I had. I could have 
never of made it without the love,support,and listen- 
ing ear of my family. Thank you Dad, Mom, Kevin 
for everything you have done for me to make this 
VMI experience a whole lot better. I love you all very 
much. Also,thanks should go to Nannie. Cassie. and 
Jane Lee for all the help and encouragement you 
have given to me. Also, to my roommates. Walt, 
you're a great friend and Tom and Avery its been 
great rooming together for the past three years. 
Thank you for putting up with me. Finally, Stephanie 
you have made my VMI experience bearable. 1 could 
not imagine going through VMI without your love- 
, support, and caring. You arc my best friend and I 
am estatic about the remainder of our life together. I 
love you. Well here it is everything I feel I should say 
except thank you VMI for all you have done for me. 
Its only now at the end of this experience that 1 can 
see all the many rewards I have recieved by attending 
VMI. Long Live The Institute. 

Dvkes — 1985 Mark McGrav 
— 1991 Jeff White 

218 First Class 


Delaney Clifton Williams 

Del, DC. 

U.S. Marine — Econ. /Modern 


Hampton, Virginia 

Cross Country 4, 3, 2; Indoor/Outdoor Track 4, 3, 2; 
Promaji Club 4, 3, 2, 1; Semper Fidelis Society 4, 3, 
2, 1; Monogram Club 3, 2, 1; Pvt. 4, 3, 2, 1; VMl 
Cadet 2, 1; Marine Corps Marathon 1; Bulldog 1; 
Club 69 3, 2, 1; USMC Scholarship 3, 2, 1; VMTs 

John Powell Williams 


USMC — English 

Natick, MA.;C-ville, VA;Rocky Mt., 


Rugby 4, 3, 2; Captain 1/2 of 2; Cpl. 3; MSTSGT 
1 /2 of 2; Pvt. 1 ; Cadet 1 ; Semper Pi 4, 3, 2, 1 ; English 
Society 4. 3, 2, 1; Circle K 2. 1; DAK for Life; Club 
336; Number One Club 2, 1; VMI Lax Booster; 
Mutant 4, 3, 2, 1. 

Oscar Renal Williams III 

g Od, Mr. O, O.C, "O", "OZZY' 

Army — History 
Chester, Virginia 

Promaji 4, 3, 2, 1; Cadet Battery 3, 2; Rugby 2, 1; 
Cadet Staff 2, 1; Honorary Cadet Waiter Replace- 
ment 3, 2, 1; Jazz Appreciation Society 2, 1; Music 
Freak 4, 3, 2, 1; Virgin Private Society 4, 3. 2, 1. 

As I glance back over my years at VMLI see four 
years of intense learning, physical fitness.and some- 
what of a militry indoctrination. This is the reason 
why I came to VMI and this is what I got, although 
not necessarily in the same proportions. The most 
important thing that I believe the "1" teaches you is 
how to learn to make sacrifices. Being able to do this 
only makes one a better learner, as well as a follower. 
Anyway, Ibelieve it was all worthwhile. 
Much thanks to my parents, who were willing to 
support and finance their first kid through college. 
Thanks for being there every year for me. 
Marty, we did it amigo! Thanks for listening to all my 
gripes and complaints. I could always turn towards 
you for consolation when the going got rough. "Big 
O". thanks for expanding my horizon in the musical 
world. You guys are the best of roommates. 
Last, but not nearly the least, Brenda. You made this 
place alot more bearable by giving that woman's 
touch to the VMI experience. That special dat in 
November '88 will bring us great joy and happiness. 
To the Class of 1988,Veni Vidi Vici. Good Luck! 
Semper Fi. 

How do you write this without sounding generic?! 
There is no way to tell everything that went on here 
and no way to thank everyone who helped me gradu- 
ate. Mom and Rich, you're the best. Without your 
examples I couldn't have made it. 1 love you both 
very much. 

Does anything need to be said about the DAKS?! 
Only at VMI could a group of guys do what we did. 
All we have left to do now is try and top these past 
four years. Some day we'll reach the ultimate low. 
Oger and Budda, thanks for putting up with my bad 
moods because of confinement. When three guys go 
through all the tough times. Beast, Nuttin', bourban, 
tequila, fights, laughs, and sweat like we did, they 
become more than just roommates. 
What did I get out of VMI? I know that Beast is best 
and hair color doesn't matter. I also learned that 
everybody who touches your life affects you in some 
way. And somewhere along the way I realized that if 
you're not having a good time, it's time to get out 
because you don't belong. Life is too short to have 
any regrets. 

I'm gonna hop in a crater. 
See you later. 

I can go on and on about how VMI has affected me 
these past four years. But that would be repetitious. 
So instead I'll reflect on what really counts: the man^ 
people that have influenced me. 

First of all, my family: Ma, Daddy, Iris, and Teresa: 
thank you for believing in me and standing by me. 

To the Fellas: "Club 69"; Marty and Dale, thanks for 
"adopting" me and letting me be a part of your life. 
And 4th man "Vit", you're a crazy guy I'll never 
forget. Keep "shootin' from the hip!" The boys from 
"71" you guys show the true meaning of "brother 
rat". All you guys are a class act. 

To the certain ladies I've met here: It's been an 

Most of all, special thanks goes to "Lady Music". 
You've made me happy, sad, but most of all, you've 
always been there when I needed you and you made 
this place easier to bear. 

As for the class of 1988 and everybody else: Heeey, 
It's been a wild time. Check ya on the flip side! 


Dykes — 1985 Daryoush "Rex" Ziai 
— 1991 Michael L. Parnell 

Dykes — 1985 Chuck "Rockhead" Rogerson 
— 1991 Bob Shults 

Dykes — 1985 Daryoush Ziai 

— 1991 Julio Caesar Shaik 

First Class 219 


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Randolph Bing Williamson 

Navy — Economics 
Virginia Beach, Virginia 

Rugby 3, 2, 1; Tridenl Society; Cadet Staff Photog- 
raphy Editor 2; Phrf and Ims Class in Cbyra Yacht 
Racing Fleet; Scuba and Racing Sliipper Qualified; 
Virgin Private; Number 1 Club. 

Flying a hull in 1 5 knot winds on the verge of capsiz- 
ing could best describe my cadetship. I often found 
myself hanging on that fine line of disaster in my 
attempt to tackle the VMI challenge. As my catama- 
ran capsized. I learned that my reckless abandon- 
ment was bringing mc down. "Imagine standing 
in a cold dark shower tearing up $100.00 bills . " 
My cat would not be able to handle another crash;! 
had to work, hike out further on the outrigger. I 
wanted it and realized what was important. As I 
settled down, my cat became controllable. I can 
make it! I am very lucky to have loving and patient 
parents who kept climbing on my cat for that ever-so- 
long unconstrained ride. 

Anthony Wayne Wilson 

"Weider"," Juice Man","Tiso","V' 

Army Infantry — History 

Radford, Virginia 

Daniel Benedict Wilson 

Swammie, Crip 

Special Student — English 

l^ichmond, Virginia 

■■ 1 2lh Man"; Cadre 2. 1 ; Cpl. 3; Msgt. 2; Co. X.O. 1 ; Football 4. 3; Young Republicans 3; Business Man- 

S-5 Tour Guide; VMI Young Rep; International ager of Sounding Brass Magazine 2; Treasurer of 

Studies; Ranger Platoon; Flood 1985; Weight Lifting English Society I; VMI Firefighters 2, 1; Cadet 

Bn. Staff; Hokie Patrol 4; Tiso Appreciation Society. Waiter 1; Pvt. 4. 3. 2, I. 

Dykes — 1985 John Powers 

- 1991 Chris Serwinski 

It only seems like yesterday that I was trying my 
hardest to get into this place. Weighing a mere 1 50, 1 
took my first step through the arch. On I went with 
every step transforming my life. I knew I would never 
be the same when I left this place, and boy was I 
right. Now with less hair and 45 lbs. heavier, I can 
truly say that I've become a VMI man. That little 
fellow at the bottom of this page, who can say what 
will become of him in the future, but one thing is for 
certain, he wouldn't have made it if it wasn't for the 
support of his beloved parents. With countless miles 
added to the brown bomber, late night PX visits, and 
the long rides back home, your dedication was my 
motivation for success. Mom and Dad your the great- 
est. With parents like you how could a son fail to 
succeed, it's impossible. Roommates Thorpe, Mike, 
and Steve — thanks for the memories. Those trips up 
town and to Radford will never be forgotten. John, 
Hollywood is waiting, someone has to take over for 
Clint and Charles. Good luck and don't forget the 
foggy mornings. Gooch, when you make your first 
million don't forget your buddy across the river. And 
finally to all the alliances, I bid you farewell. Oh yea, 
Mr. Mock, if you ever read this I did make it and 
ended up holding your job and wearing your belt! 

Dykes — 1985 John Jordan, Tim Bailey 

— 1991 Steve Kostoff.Frank Mulcahy 

I could not have made it without my family's help 
Thanks Mom and Dad. Liz, Pat, Katy, Mary, and 
Bernie. Your much needed support has given mc 
strength. These past four years have been the most 
trying of my life and the only thing that made times 
here bearable were my Brother Rats. My roommate 
and closest friend for four years Ray Dyer has made 
an impression on me that will last for the rest of my 
life. James, John. Russ, Matt. Rob. Robert and Ke- 
vin I'll never forget you guys. 

Dykes — 1985 Joseph M. Spivey IV 
— 1991 Michael D. Jannusch 

220 First Class 


Mark Russell Wilson 

Wil, Boozer, One of the Fellas 

Navy — History 

Richmond, Va. 

Circle K Club; Rugby Club; Ring Figure Band Selec- 
tion Committee; GC Secretary; Cadet Waiter. 

Douglas W. Wishart 

Doug, Wish 

Army — Mechanical Engineering 

Union, New Jersey 

Private 4. 3. 2, 1; Aviator's Club; Wrestling; Karate 
Club; Cadet Battery; AUSA; E5C; Scuba Club; Col- 
lege Republicans; Academically Extinguished 4, 3, 2, 

William Dennis Wong 

Singing Fool, Bill the Kat.Wonggus 

Army — Electrical Engineering 

San Francisco, California 

Blow Co, 4. 3. 2, 1 ;"Virgin" Pvt 4, 3, 2, 1; Anti-Social 
Club 4, 3, 2, 1 ; Religious Council 3, 2; Cadet Battery 
2, 1; SFC Lane's Misfits 2; Glee Club 4; Command- 
ers 1 ; Public Relations Comm. 2, 1 ; Lonely and Frus- 
trated 4, 3. 2, 1. 

It just seems like yesterday I was folding Spencer's 
laundry and now Meade is folding mine. I can't try to 
explain the last four years, only the people who have 
gone here really understand VML The game here is 
almost over and it is time to move on. 1 have confi- 
dence that what we all went through will pay off in 
the long run, it better! In the future when I really 
think things are lough, Fll just look myself in the 
mirror and say "Thank God Fm not at VML" 
Phil, what can 1 say, we've been together since day 
one. I can't remember a day when you let something 
get to you, you'll always be a clown. We'll be together 
a lot longer. Matt we dyked in the best room in 
barracks, we had some great times in 114, and to 
think it all started in the second grade. Thanks 108 
and S-54, the fellows we are. and the fellows we will 
always be. Scott, 1 think First Wheat Securities is 
looking for a good man! Come visit, I'll miss you 
while I'm serving my country. Mom and Dad you've 
been the most understanding of all; your support for 
me have kept me going. I love you both very much. 
The Gord, "I told you not to do it, I'm glad you did, 
we've had some great times. Now it's lime for the 
real times to begin! 

1 have discovered, arguably, the single most common 
characteristic of VMI men; and it contributes greatly 
to their success: Motivation. It may not be a visible 
trait as a cadet but that is only because we have all 
attained basically the same level. Anyone who can 
motivate themself to complete and prevail over the 
VMI system certainly has a highly developed ability 
of self-motivation and THAT is what VMI men 
achieve. The second common characteristic is a fam- 
ily and friends. Thanks Mom, Dad, Heather, Greg. 
You have encouraged and supported my resolution to 
complete the hardest and most rewarding challenge 
of my life. The Institute will soon graduate the Class 
of '88 — the survivors of 15Aug84 — The men who 
have endured a real ratline and have prevailed over 4 
years of VMI academics, military, and athletics. To 
my Brother Rats and particularly Steve Morris and 
Ed Wallenthin my roomates, I wish good luck and 
success. It's not your talent or a gifted birth, it's not 
your bank book that determines worth; it's your atti- 
tude that lets you win. It doesn't matter if you've won 
before, it makes no difference what the halftime 
score; it's never over til the final gun, so keep on 
trying and you'll find you've won. Dennis Waitler, if 
yiu thing you can, you can. SUCCESS: The progres- 
sive realization of a worthy ideal — Earl Nighten- 
gale, The Strangest Secret. 

Trying to explain my thoughts and feelings about 
VMI during the past four years in this tiny paragraph 
is like trying to explain my thoughts and feelings 
about VMI during the past four years in this tiny 
paragraph — I can't! Only those who have been thru 
the sacrifice could possibly know what I feel about 
the "I". But for those of you that want a taste of what 
you're missing, let me say that the stakes are high and 
the membership is exclusive. The friends you make 
are forever and the memories you share will never 
die. VMI is the ultimate fraternity! Well, I guess it's 
time to roll the credits 

First I'd like to thank God for making this dream 
vacation come true. Lord, without your guiding hand 
and strength 1 never would have made it. To my 
family and friends back home and all over, thank you 
for your love and support. Rm411 1 wouldn't trade 
our time for anything. Hey Ted, who says you can't 
be clueless after four years BE. Pete, you're the boy- 
( Hebrew?)! Wan, thanks for being my big BR. you 
were my brother. One of these days when we're old 
and grey we'll do all those things that Mom told us to 
stay away from. Finally, thank you Kathy. It's been a 
hell of a four years, but you've stood by my side the 
whole way. Now it's my turn to stand by yours. I love 
you Kathy. 

Dykes — 1985 Spencer Williamson 
— 1991 Meade Amory 


1985 William K. Arthur 
1991 Mike Jeffries 


1985 CD. "The Yee" Nixon 
1991 Daniel "Scooter" Huang 

First Class 221 



Michael L. Wood 

King Dog, Top Dog, Elwood 
Air Force — English 
Richmond, Virginia 

Eric Woodhouse 


Army — Economics 

Virginia Beach, Virginia 

Promaji 1. 2. 3, 4; Football 1, 2. 3, 4; Drug and Football 4. 3; Wrestling 4, 3, 2, 1; Promaji Club 4, 3. 
Alcohol Committee 4; Dog Phi Dog 1, 2, 3. 4. 2, 1; Monogram Club. 

lord, I thank you for your many blessings; for the 
strength , when only I could bear the load, for the 
courage you gave me when I thought all were against 
me, and for surrounding me with people able to ac- 
cept me for what I am. and able to love me in spite of 
my faults. With you Lord my striving has not been 
alone, my fortitude unyeilding, although often tested, 
my pains bearable although many. Lord from this 
ending go with me to my new beginnings and their 
ends, and continue to guide and comfort me. Amen. 
Mom for your guidance, your patience, and your 
love, I salute you. You have always been my inspira- 
tion and my friend. For the times I mistook your 
favors as duty I apologize. I love you Mom and 
you're the best. 

Kelly I now emerge from that lump of coal, a dia- 
mond shaped in the love of both you and Mom. 
Thank you for being there for me, a true friend. 
To my roomies, what can I say, you know I'll miss 
you and our crazy times together. They were truly 
some of the best. I've learned a lot from you and with 
you my family grew. God bless you and the others 
space will not allow me to thank. 
I came here as a young man full of my own ideas of 
what a college man should be. 1 now depart not just a 
VMI man, but a man. — Lamont Toliver 


- 1985 Lamont Toliver 

1991 Al Carter.Mike Williams 

The time has come to say good-bye to a place that 
has given me some pleasure and pain. I'll never regret 
coming to VMI because I've made some friends that 
will last a lifetime. You guys know who I'm talking 
about(Mark, Chris, Phil, Mike-C).I know I'm some- 
times rude in my actions, but that's only because I 
know you understand. I wish you guys the best of 
luck. 1 would like to thank the Lord for my parent- 
s, teachers, and coaches that he has provided. I'm a 
very lucky person and I want all the people that have 
helped me to know that I love them. Mom and Dad- 
, without your help I don't what I would do, I couldn't 
imagine life without you. Brothers and sisters, you 
have been the biggest influence in my growing up. At 
times I had to learn the hard way, with a few body 
blows, but that is part of growing up. The only other 
favor I could ask of you, is that we keep the together- 
ness in our family. We've always been there for one 
another, so let us never let that spirit die. Michaels 
and Benzel, you are the best.l will always hold onto 
Love you all. Dyke, four years at VMI is tough but I 
know you will make it. Never lose faith in yourself, 
and keep an open mind. Good luck! 

Dykes — 1985 P.W. Sawyer 
— 1991 Craig Dodson 

James Wright Jr. 


Army.Corps of Engrs. — ME 

Stanley, North Carolina 

Football 4, 3, 2, 1; Track 4; Promaji Club 4, 3, 2, 1; 
ASME 3, 2. 1; IEEE 4; FCA 4, 3, 2, 1; Monogram 
Club 4, 3, 2, 1; Block Runners Assoc. 4, 3, 2, 1; 
Greyhound Club 4, 3. 2, 1; "01 Room Dynasty" 3, 2, 

What!?! It's graduation time already; "Gee", it seems 
like just four years ago that I matriculated. Boy, how 
time flies. I remember as a rat, I felt so out of place in 
the beginning, but when that Brother Rat spirit took 
it's toll on me, I felt like I actually had hundreds of 
brothers. This was a new feeling for me being that 
I'm an only child. Thanks guys, without the support 
of my dykes and you, today would have only been a 
dream. Luckily as a third, a time when no one likes or 
cares about you, my dyke was still around, but now 
teaching. This guy knows how much he means to me. 
Although 1 did think he should have been a lawyer 
instead of a Mechanical Engineer, but as it was, I 
followed in his footsteps just the same. Also third 
class year brought on the "01 Room Dynasty", Cal, 
my co-dyke. Rod, and J Dee! We talked, we experi- 
enced, we laughed, and we cried. And now we are all 
chillin' with our ride. We are about to drive off into 
separate directions, but you guys know that the "01 
Room" will never lose it's connection. Carla, the odds 
of keeping the same girlfriend for four years here are 
very low, but like always, we beat 'em all. Chic, you 
have been my everything, thanks; I love you! Mom, 
Dad, well. I'm here, but only through your love and 
guidance. I've struggled at times, but I hope I've 
made you proud. I love you both with all my heart. 


1985 Terry B. Thompson 

1991 Trentin Davis. John Martin 

222 First Class 

John Arthur Wright 

Marine Corps — Mechanical 


Farmingville, New York 

Corporal; Operations Sergeant; First Captain; Foot- 
ball 4; Track 4, 3; Semper Fi Society; ASME; Rat 
Training 2, 1. 

Daniel Curtis Young 


Special Student — Economics 

Aliquippa, PA 

Football 4, 3, 2, 1; Academically distinguished 4, 3; 
2nd Class Rep.; Vice Pres. of Honor Court; Member 
Delta Epsilon International Honor Society in Eco- 
nomics; Academic Ail-American 2; Corporal 3; 
Guide Sergeant 2; Member Athletic Comm. 1. 

Daniel Earl Zalewski 

Army,AR — Mathematics 
Bowie, Maryland 

Rat Training 4, 2, 1. 

I can remember hearing my dyke say "My God, 1 
can't believe I already have my own rat!" I thought 
how could he say such a thing, he's been here for 
three years! Today I found myself writing my first 
class history and 1 was so amazed at how quickly my 
three years had gone by I said the same thing — and 
the expression on my rats face looked very familiar. 
Yet it's funny how we tend to forget all the anguish 
we've been through once we achieve a goal. Remi- 
niscing, all the days of depression and the many 
lonely nights are overshadowed by memories of 
breakout. Ring Figure, holidays, Goshen, hops, and 
mixers. VMI has been an invaluable learning experi- 
ence. Serving as first captain for a fantastic bunch of 
guys has been the greatest honor of my life thus far. I 
have made many true friends here who I will miss 
dearly. Mom and Dad, thank you for the character 
and discipline you've instilled in me, 1 owe all my 
accomplishments to you. I love you both. 
To my family, thank you for your endless support 
(and the may care-packages!). 
Ricky, we made it buddy! 
Hey dyke, "I'm still an ordinary man!" 
To Maritza, thank you for turning A.B. into the 
happiest year of my life. 

Special thanks to Dr. Monsour, Dr. King, and Col. 
Good-bye mother I . . . Semper Fi! 

I came here as a young boy but now I'm leaving as a 
young man. There are alot of things 1 would like to 
say, but I don't have the space. I would like to thank 
everyone who helped me here at VMI. To begin with, 
I would like to thank Dr. Monsour. You helped me 
with a difficult time in my life and I will never forget 
what you had done for me. You always were willing 
to listen and I know 1 can still come to you for advice. 
Secondly, 1 would like to thank all my friends at 
VMI. Without them, 1 would have never made it 
through this place. I hope we can all keep in touch. 
Also, 1 would like to thank my dykes for helping me 
get through my first. I know we havent kept in touch, 
but when 1 think of VMI, 1 think of you. To my 
dykes, 1 wish you both the best of luck. I know you 
will both do fine. Remember, VMI is a tough place to 
be at, but it is a great place to be from. Thirdly, I 
would like to thank my roomates. 1 thank you for 
taking me and making sure I stayed humble. You 
have all taught me alot about living and enjoying life. 
Oneday, I hope to put your lessons and advice to 
work. Hopefully, second semester I will lighten up 
and smash some beer cans off my head. Finally, I 
would like to thank my parents. 1 know this wasn't 
the place you wanted me to come, but you didn't hold 
me back. I know I havent been home alot, but always 
remember I appreciated your support and 1 LOVE 

"So I wanted to be a VMI man," now if I could only 
remember why I wanted to be one. It seem as though 
through the years the reasons for coming were no 
longer as important as just finishing what I had start- 
ed. As I look back to see how bad it actually was it all 
seems sort of funny. Maybe it wasn't so bad, then 
again maybe it was. Alls 1 knows is "it was a long 
hard road 1 traveled to get here." Well let's take a 
look at the people that got me here. First; mom and 
dad, you may not have seen them but they were here. 
Then there's my roomates, Mark Moss and Robert 
Draper. Mark is the one that kept putting VMI into 
perspective for me, and Rob is the one that kept 
putting Mark into perspective. Where would I be 
without Andy Seliga, we took alot of trips into n- 
space, only problem is I can't seem to visualize them 
anymore. I don't think I would have mad it without 
his help. I can't forget my rat roomates; Cloyd, Jim, 
and Roscoe. Teena, you made this place harder, you 
can take that as a complement, thanks for the sup- 
port. When they say you can't gel through it on your 
own their right. If I could change something at VMI 
it would probably be the color of the juice, 1 think a 
nice shade of green would be nice. 


1985 George W. Headley 
1991 Fredrick J. Lehman 


1985 Mike Hulyo 

1991 Matt Methenev, Jim Wanovich 


1985 Steve Wynn 
1991 Mike Dudas 

First Class 223 


Robert Eric Zoeke 


Army.SS — Economics 
Henrietta, New York 

Wrestling 4. 3. 2. 1. 0;Soccer 4;Summer School 4, 3, 
:;Pvt 4, 3, :, 1, 0: Monogram Club 4, 3, 2, 1, 0;#l 
Club 4;Dean's Other List I ;Society of Young Econo- 
mists;Ring Figure Hotel Committee 2;Cadet Staff 1. 
0; Timmins Music Soc.;Photo Session Club 2. 

When I first decided to come back to VMI for a fifth 
year, I received the typical reactions; "Are you cra- 
zy?", "What is wrong with you?", "Are you doing 
graduate worl<?", excetra. Well guys, I'm not doing 
graduate work and I'm not going crazy. You see, 
from my point of view. VMI is what you make of it. 
And I have not had stripes and I have not had aca- 
demic stars, but I've had a great time avoiding them. 
I've also learned that VMI isn't what it's supposed to 
be. The actual standards the Institute adheres to, and 
settles for, fall far bellow what it preaches to both the 
public and the corps. I have still to discover under 
what sort of hypocritical oath the VMI administra- 
tion conducts itself. But, who am I to judge, our 
opinions don't count, right guys? 
One thing I do thank the "I" for is the bonds I've 
made to help me survive their never-endmg triviali- 
ties. Jay, Tom, Ben, and Sam what can I say? We've 
been through a lot. I could have never made it with- 
out your support. Most of all, I would like to thank 
my parents for putting up with me throughout my 
VMI experience thus far. I hope when its finally over. 
I can make both of you proud, and repay you for 
everything you have done. I love you both very much. 

Dykes — 1985 Bobby Rainer 
— 1991 Eric Odin(Igor) 

Robert Gordon Ivy 

"Bob, Bat-Rat, Spike" 
Army — History 
Gumming, Georgia 

Rat 4: Pvt 3, 1; Cpl 3; Sgt 2; Rat Training(Rappel- 
ing) 3, 2: Ring Figure Cliff Painter 2; New Market 
Death March 3; 2.0 & Go Club 4, 3, 2, 1 ; Alpha Co. 
Hard Corps Guard Team Member 4. 3, 2. 

When I first came to VMI, I was wondering what the 
hell I had gotten myself into. 1 kept wondering this 
almost everyday since. Although there have been 
many good times during my cadetship, the day-to- 
day life basically sucked. It was very hard for me to 
understand why I was going to this school until I had 
the rare opportunity to see VMI as a sudo-alumnus. I 
then realized, I know this sounds stupid, that if I was 
ever going to maximize my opportunities in life, VMI 
was the place to do it. 


Peter Ray Kramer 

Pete,Pete Love, Big Pete,Bubba 
SS — Civil Engineer 
Ghesapeake, Virginia 

Cpl 3; Debate Team 4. 
tee 3; Big Boys Club - 

, Drug and Alcohol Commit- 
Summer "87. 

Dykes — 1982 Ralph Tabee 
— 1991 Steve Imel 

I've seen a lot of water pass under the VMI bridge 
since that first day in August of 82. I can now easily 
remember the close friends and family who had the 
confidence in me that I often lacked in myself. For 
that confidence and encouragement I can on ly offer 
a simple "Thank You." 

I am sure the struggles have been tougher on you 
than 1 can imagine. You have shouldered my failures 
and joined in my triumphs. When I needed a kick in 
the butt or a simple smile, you have always been 
there. The times I spent in anticipation of being with 
you helped me get through some of the worst times of 
my life. I do not really understand how you could 
have put up with me these past six years but you 
have. You are a special woman Andrea. For that and 
our future togather, I can only thank God and hope 
that our life will be the best we can possibly make it. 
Rememberences — Zollomans. Frats, Cocoa Beach. 
Roof of Barracks, Goshen, Panther Falls, 16 March 
83, 12 March 86, Mitch, Tim, Jim, Steve, Ned, Russ, 
Dave, Sammy, Macon, Rob, Big Spud, Big Todd, 
Mike, Patrick, Serge, Steve, Rock, Ashley, Capt. W. 
Terry, Col. and Mrs. Reeves, Uncle Al. Doc, Trudy, 
Jay, Jack. Kenny, Barnette, Khan lives in barracks. 
Dale, Anne, New Market, The Honor Code. 

Dykes — 1983 Merlo Pile 

— 1990 Pat Dunleavy.91 Rich Guiler 

224 First Class 

John Edward McConnell 

Class of 1986 
Army — History 
Fairfax, Virginia 

Pvt 4, 3, 2, 2A, 1 ;ASME 4;AUSA 4;CWRT 3, 2, 2A, 
l;2nd Class Ed. 1985 BOMB;Rat Training 4;Run- 
For-Your-Rack 4. 3, 2;AFT 2A;RFT 1;G1M 1; ME 
4, 3, 2;VM1 Summer School 4, 3, 2A;Honorary 
"Head" 2A. 1;VMI Shooting & Drinking Club 3, 2, 
2A, 1. 

When 1 first came to VMI, I thought that with a little 
effort I could do well. As it turned our, I was wrong: 
it required a lot of effort. So, after 2 1/2 years, I left 
due to my academic performance, or lack thereof. 
During my 1 1/2 year absence. I toiled as a drug 
clerk, went to "Nova", and was generally going no- 
where fast. I worked through summer school to get 
back in as a history major and succeeded in getting a 
2.0 for the first time. With the help of Major Mote, I 
got enrolled in Army ROTC: finally things were go- 
ing my way. The past two years have been the most 
rewarding for me, and I certainly have enjoyed them 
the most. I have, however, been very annoyed by all 
of the changes in the Rat system. Changes must 
occur, but many were made that appeared to the 
Corps to be misguided. As long as women are kept 
out some traditions will remain. I guess Fm thinking 
like an alumnus already. 

At this point I'd like to thank my Mom and Dad for 
their support which lasted 4 1/2 years over a 6 year 
period. It certainly was an uphill struggle! I'd also 
like to thank all of my BR's and "pseudo-BR's" for 
the friendship that made being here a lot easier. 
"How sad and bad and mad it was — but then, how it 
was sweet!" — Robert Browning "Confessions" 

Dykes — 1983 Sompodh Sripoom 

— 1990 Bill Donahue,91 Gary Barnette 

Radoslaw Jan Szczepanski 

Spud.Ski, Potato Head,Stud, Sputnik 

Special Student — History 

Newark, NJ-Poland 

Civilian 4, 3, 2, l;Soccer 4, 3, 2, l;Semper Fi 2, 
l;Hungry Animals 2, l;Col. Cummings Appreciation 
Soc. 3, 2;After TAPS Rat Training 3;Summer in 
Lexington Club 3, 2, l:Big Boys 1;A11 Pro 2;Rutgers 
Pub Club;Roof of Barracks Club;B&G;Barracks 

Well, despite many roadblocks I finally have reached 
the end of my journey. Fm happy yet at the same 
time sad to leave this place for Fm leaving many 
memories here. Fve made many friends at VMI 
whom I'll never forget and who helped me to get 
through this place. Fll be back to throw down with 
you guys again. 

My thanks to my family who gave me the opportunity 
to live in and enjoy this great country. My greatest 
thanks to Aunt Helen and Uncle Walter and espe- 
cially to Aunt Mary who gave me the love and sup- 
port of a long lost mother. Without her it would have 
been a lost fight. Thank you again! 

Remembrances: The Grudziens, the Waibels, the 
Witalises(thanks Uncle Dave), the Bakics and the 
Wieczoreks — Stefania, Helena, Waclaw Sopiela, 
Wlodek, Ciotka Basia, Dave Ratte, Smitty,VMI '87, 
Jay, Vic, Rob, Cliff, Hiram, Chi, Kevin Sharp, J. P., 
Big Pete, Big Todd, Macon, Mike the Chicken Man, 
Brenda, Michelle, Libby, Kate, The MWC girls, 
Rutgers, Matt, Melissa, Sharon, Yvonne, Guy, Pete, 
Debbie, Dom, The Pub Cookie, Jim Shanley and all 
those whom for some reason Fve missed. Thank you 

Jeszcze Polska Nie Zginela 

Michael Anton Weiss 

Weasel, Surf Nazi, Smiley 

Air Force, SS — Modern Languages 

Midlothian, Virginia 

Rugby 4, 3; Pvt 4, 2, 1; Arnold Air Soc. P.R. Man 3, 
2; 1987 Social Comm. Chairman 2; Marshall Library 
Cadet Asst 3, 2; 1987 Ring Construction Chairman; 
VMI Firefighter 2; The "Them" Haters Club 1; 
Beach Sabbatical 1. 

Well Fm back. 1 guess that says it All! 1 don't know 
why, but this place just changes you. You hate it 
while you're here, but when you leave you just want 
to come back. I can't say I haven't had fun but it's 
been no day at the beach!! The friends Fve gained are 
the best in the world: "Sir" Stroker, SAC, Vic, 
thanks to all you guys for helping me through this 
Buzz Shaving ordeal. Thanks to all my new adopted 
BR's in '89 you've made my return a lot easier than 
"Them". Hey Fish. Cliff, Bighouse, and Rob it's been 
a pretty fun wierd time, you're Good Eggs!!! Mom. 
Dad and Nicci you've made all this possible, I just 
hope I've made you proud! 1 know you've had to push 
a lot and that I'm kind'a slow, but 1 do appreciate it. 1 
Love You! Gosh Gosh Liz you've helped more than 
you know. I hope you know GOG. The secret word is 
"Graduation!" I never could answer that question 
"Hey why are you here" or "What are you doing at 
VMI". until now! Hey Dudes I'm here to be an 
Alumnus!!! HA HA Hee Hee!! Now I can finally join 
my real BR's of 1987. 

So when the hurting starts 

and the nightmares begin 

remember you can't fill up the sky 

You don't have to give in 

Don't Give In. — Robert Smith "The Cure" 


1984 Cyril Lepeka 
1991 Sam Orlov 


1984 Eddie Vaughn 
1991 Rob.Cliff.Bob.Fish 

First Class 225 


}}umin MauKui.^iHi 


■.fAri;Aaiy TlAy.l^i/Oh 

Being First Class Editor has not been 
an easy task, but I accepted the chal- 
lenge knowing that I could balance this 
job. my grades and my friends. Without 
the tremendous help of my assistant 
Paul Hicks I would have been hopeless- 
ly behind in meeting my deadlines. 
Thanks a million Paul. The friend who 
has given me the most this year though 
is Mike. Our friendship has shown me 
that life does go on when it seems most 
dismal, especially in this Infierno. It is 
you who have taught me that the game 
doesn't necessarily have to be played by 
the seemingly set rules. I will always 
cherish this friendship and you will al- 
ways be a BR to me. On the note of 
BR"s one should take notice of the two 
first classmen inset on this page. The 
purpose of the presence of these two 

pictures is symbolic. Throughout my ca- 
detship I have seen many of my Brother 
Rats leave for one reason or another. Most 
of the time it was for legitimate reasons, 
but occasionally this would not be the case 
as we (The Class of "88) would see it. We 
have probably seen some of the most dras- 
tic changes made in this closed system 
during our cadetship, and the results can 
only be described as turmoil. So many 
times we tried to change what was happen- 
ing to us only to have our hands forcefully 
chained behind our backs. How could an 
Institution which was, is, and always will 
be for the individuals who keep it alive 
treat them so insignificantly? I'll tell you 
how. We let them. Of course this didn't 
just happen overnight, but slowly with 
each succeeding class. More and more was 
taken while so little was given in return, 
and that given just to appease the unrest 
stirring within. The overall result — well 
that can be seen by remembering the faces 
of these two first classmen. They represent 
all those who are now gone in our class 
who have received such a "good deal". My 
purpose here is not to cut-down or discred- 
it, just to let all who are concerned, and 
those who aren't, know that we will always 
REMEMBER! These Brother Rats, and 
those like them will always remain with us 
in spirit and memory — this is what counts 
the most at this time. The system is good, 
and will remain unique among VMI men, 

but we must not lose sight of the fact 
that nothing is without fault. I started 
out with a goal, that being to make the 
best First Class section ever, so it is only 
appropriate that I dedicate this section, 
along with all my time and energy to my 
BR's. At times when the stress was un- 
bearable, and quitting seemed all too 
easy it was the staff and my room mates 
who kept me going. I am grateful to 
them in helping me attain my goal. To 
those Brother Rats who made my job 
more difficult (you know who you are, 
and what I mean) I hope one day you 
will have a task equal to mine. Maybe 
then you will understand the meaning 
of "Never Say Die"! The road has been 
long, rough, but worthwhile. Take care, 
and good luck to all, especially room 37 
(Matt, Mike, Charlie, and Tom) — Ar- 
rivederci! Frank V. Musarra. 

226 Firsl Class 


First Class 227 





This year there were only twenty steps 
to climb in barracks. That gave us a much 
better view into the courtyard, a view of 
accomplishment and anticipation. 

In August, there were profound changes 
we had to deal with. Our stoop was the 
overflow for extra people in barracks, and 
the "Rat Line" once again saw changes. In 
addition, we began the countdown to Ring 
Figure which encompassed bills to pay and 
deadlines to meet. 

The Institute and First Class called 
upon us to play an official role in the Rat 
Line by having six second classmen as offi- 
cial members of the Rat Council. We also 
had faith and reassurance in our Brother 
Rats who continued to uphold our un- 
matched standards of honor as representa- 
tives of the Honor Court. The fields and 
courts on post also received stronger rep- 
resentation of some of our classmates who 
participated in VMI athletics. Finally, 
there were our Brother Rats who contin- 
ued to excel as leaders on key committees 
and clubs, as well as accept more responsi- 
bility that came with the increase in Corps 

The result: our class showed more matu- 

Class History 

rity, efficiency, dependability, and most 
important — UNITY. 

Although we did grow measurably as a 
class, let us not forget the key event that 
pulled the common bond between us even 
closer together. Ring Figure. The second 
in a series of the three most important 
days in our cadetship. It was truly special. 

Next year we will have our biggest re- 
sponsibility so far-running barracks. Not 
long after we will take that final step to 
graduation. If we continue to execute our 
responsibilities like we have in the past, 
our first class year will offer nothing but 

One more year to go fellas! 

Timothy Finkler 
Andrew Tunnard 

Edwin C. Cox 


Ronald K. Jones 

Vice President 

Timothy J. Finkler 


l.cll to right: Tim tinkler, Ned Cox, and Ke 
Jones. Love your pants Kevin. 

28 Second Class 

The Second Class 

Upper left: Ike Matenopolous and Kevin Sullivan peer out their window as they hope to 
attract the attention of some pretty girls. 

Above:David Clement prepares to use his deadly butt stroke against an intruder of the 
Institute as he marches post during Parent's Weekend. 

At left, from left to right: Bob Kuhns, Craig Bornemann. and Jerry Ernst take a break, 
with their dates, after a fun night at the hop. 

.Second Class 229 


.p«rrAC-t TaK!P/7df, 

BHP (lUJiiiimj 

Being First Class Editor has not been 
an easy task, but I accepted the chal- 
lenge knowing that I could balance this 
job, my grades and my friends. Without 
the tremendous help of my assistant 
Paul Hicks I would have been hopeless- 
ly behind in meeting my deadlines. 
Thanks a million Paul. The friend who 
has given me the most this year though 
is Mike. Our friendship has shown me 
that life does go on when it seems most 
dismal, especially in this Infierno. It is 
you who have taught me that the game 
doesn't necessarily have to be played by 
the seemingly set rules. I will always 
cherish this friendship and you will al- 
ways be a BR to me. On the note of 
BR's one should take notice of the two 
first classmen inset on this page. The 
purpose of the presence of these two 

pictures is symbolic. Throughout my ca- 
detship I have seen many of my Brother 
Rats leave for one reason or another. Most 
of the time it was for legitimate reasons, 
but occasionally this would not be the case 
as we (The Class of "88) would see it. We 
have probably seen some of the most dras- 
tic changes made in this closed system 
during our cadetship, and the results can 
only be described as turmoil. So many 
times we tried to change what was happen- 
ing to us only to have our hands forcefully 
chained behind our backs. How could an 
Institution which was, is, and always will 
be for the individuals who keep it alive 
treat them so insignificantly? I'll tell you 
how. We let them. Of course this didn't 
just happen overnight, but slowly with 
each succeeding class. More and more was 
taken while so little was given in return, 
and that given just to appease the unrest 
stirring within. The overall result — well 
that can be seen by remembering the faces 
of these two first classmen. They represent 
all those who are now gone in our class 
who have received such a "good deal". My 
purpose here is not to cut-down or discred- 
it, just to let all who are concerned, and 
those who aren't, know that we will always 
REMEMBER! These Brother Rats, and 
those like them will always remain with us 
in spirit and memory — this is what counts 
the most at this time. The system is good, 
and will remain unique among VMI men. 


but we must not lose sight of the fact 
that nothing is without fault. I started 
out with a goal, that being to make the 
best First Class section ever, so it is only 
appropriate that I dedicate this section, 
along with all my time and energy to my 
BR's. At times when the stress was un- 
bearable, and quitting seemed all too 
easy it was the staff and my room mates 
who kept me going. I am grateful to 
them in helping me attain my goal. To 
those Brother Rats who made my job 
more difficult (you know who you are, 
and what I mean) I hope one day you 
will have a task equal to mine. Maybe 
then you will understand the meaning 
of "Never Say Die"! The road has been 
long, rough, but worthwhile. Take care, 
and good luck to all, especially room 37 
(Matt, Mike, Charlie, and Tom) — Ar- 
rivederci! Frank V. Musarra. 

226 First Class 

First Class 227 





This year there were only twenty steps 
to climb in barracks. That gave us a much 
better view into the courtyard, a view of 
accomplishment and anticipation. 

In .-Xugust. there were profound changes 
we had to deal with. Our stoop was the 
overflow for extra people in barracks, and 
the "Rat Line" once again saw changes. In 
addition, we began the countdown to Ring 
Figure which encompassed bills to pay and 
deadlines to meet. 

The Institute and First Class called 
upon us to play an official role in the Rat 
Line by having six second classmen as offi- 
cial members of the Rat Council. We also 
had faith and reassurance in our Brother 
Rats who continued to uphold our un- 
matched standards of honor as representa- 
tives of the Honor Court. The fields and 
courts on post also received stronger rep- 
resentation of some of our classmates who 
participated in VMI athletics. Finally, 
there were our Brother Rats who contin- 
ued to excel as leaders on key committees 
and clubs, as well as accept more responsi- 
bility that came with the increase in Corps 

The result: our class showed more matu- 

Class History 

rity, efficiency, dependability, and most 
important — UNITY. 

Although we did grow measurably as a 
class, let us not forget the key event that 
pulled the common bond between us even 
closer together. Ring Figure. The second 
in a series of the three most important 
days in our cadetship. It was truly special. 

Next year we will have our biggest re- 
sponsibility so far-running barracks. Not 
long after we will take that final step to 
graduation. If we continue to execute our 
responsibilities like we have in the past, 
our first class year will offer nothing but 

One more year to go fellas! 

Timothy Finkler 
Andrew Tunnard 

Edwin C. Cox 


Ronald K. Jones 

Vice President 

Timothy J. Finkler 


l-cli to right: Tim Finkler, Ned Cox, and Ke 
Jones. Love your pants Kevin. 

228 Second Class 


The Second Class 

Upper left: Ike Matenopolous and Kevin Sullivan peer out Iheir window as they hope to 
attract the attention of some pretty girls. 

Above:David Clement prepares to use his deadly butt stroke against an intruder of the 
Institute as he marches post during Parent's Weekend. 

At left, from left to right; Bob Kuhns. Craig Borncmann, and Jerry Ernst take a break, 
with their dates, after a fun night at the hop. 

Second Class 229 


Scott Russell Baber 

Toothbrush Bandit, Psycho, Rackmonster 

Army — Mechanical Engineering 

Fredericksburg, Va. — Dayton, Ohio 

Academic Survival Club 4. 3. 2; Unauthorized Car 
Club i: Summer School 3; Pvl 4. 3, 2; Racklab 4, 3, 
2; Dr. King's Auschwitz Olympics 4, 3, 2; ASME 4. 
3, 2: Member Of Amoral Camel Crew; Phi Delta 
Thcta. HMWH Club 4. 3. 2: Hardrocker 4, 3. 2; 
IHTI-P Club 4, 3. 2 

What can I say? After cramming four years of col- 
lege into five years; 1 don't realK know any more than 
I did when I began. Mom and Dad. I can't even begin 
to list the svays you have helped me by just being 
there. I love you all. Pete, dude, this place isn't the 
same without you. Good luck where you are. Good 
luck Dave; take care of Carol! Call me sometime 
Kevin and we'll go out in search of the planet of 
Amoral women. Last, but not least. Squarehead; life 
with you has not been boring. We will always stay 

Finally. 1 guess I have to list what the mother "I" has 
given me. Friends, memories(fade with time, like 
tears in the rain), and one thing I didn't have when 1 
came — a handful of VMI reality. 

"Reality is whatever you choose to believe is real. 
Men who were strong built the world; the world did 
not build them" - Robert Hcinlin 

"Our revels now are ended; these our actors, as I 
foretold you, were all spirits, and arc melted into air, 
into the thin air: And, like the baseless fabric of this 
vision, the cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous pal- 
aces, the solemn temple. The great globe itself . 
yeah, all which we mherit Shall dissolve." — 

Steven Crane 

Gary Alexander Bissell 

Steakhead, Bisbo 

Army — Economics 

Fairfax, Virginia 

DTI 2; Corporal 2; Sergeant I ; Glee Club 4, 2; Band' 
4,2. I; Football 2; Chearleading 2. 1:3')2-151 Club 2; 
Flamethrowing — 292 I 

Looking back over the last few years, it seems kind of 
ironic. I remember telling myself after leaving the 
Coast Guard Academy that I would never go to 
another military school again. Then less than 2 years 
later, there 1 was with my nose against the. Matricu- 
lation Day. Since that day there've been a lot of good 
times and bad times. I can't say Fd want to do it all 
over again (although I have) but 1 wouldn't change 
any of it either. Dad and Mom, thanks for helping me 
through the rough times. As for all of my complain- 
ing that you've put up with I know, it builds 
character. Steve I'd sure like to set those people 
on fire over there .It looks like you'll have to find 
someone else to gel into trouble with. Take care and 
good luck, to Chuck and Chip, Always remember: 
rule }.V Help recieved: Steve Nezas, Steve Barcik. I 
love vou Mom and Dad! 

1986 Stephen Paul Grzeszczak, 111 
1991 Bob "Mouse" Townend 

Dykes 19S6 Tim Macaulay 
1991 Chip Mclean 

Michael Sean Crotty 

Q-tip, Q, Trash "D", Kayak 

Navy — Econ 

Prince George, VA 

G ilf Team 4, 1; Young Republicans 1 

It's been a long road, but after taking a short-cut and 
making the 4 year college trip in 5 years, I can say I 
am glad I'm through I hope! Even as I write this, 
I' sure Smith Hall is finding more credit I have to 
"make up". The one question I heard the most here 
was "why did you come here after going to real 
school?" Well After 3 years I can say without a doubt 
I don't know! the "I" lived up to it's reputation 
sometimes and as many times not. Thats life! It did 
bring a lot of things into my life that 1 would not have 
seen anywhere else. 1 can say that "Honor" is not just 
a word here. But that's here. Out there I will still go 
by that old saying "In God we trust ... all others pay 
cash up front!" 

He\ Beak your high! and working on the canoe 
paf thanks Mom, Mike. Ricky. Tom.^GA, Heather, 
and the Grog Man — the guys outside the wall. 

" . Some of it's magic 
and some of it's tragic 
but I've had a good life 

all the wav" 
.limm\ Buffet 

Dykes — 1986 Adam Loveless 
— 1991 Aaron Sink 

230 Second Class 

David R. Reynolds 

"Oaye", "Ironman","01dman' 

Army — Civil Engineering 

Alexandria, Virginia 

Pvt. 3, Cpl. 2. Color Sgt. 1 ; Car in County 3. 2. 
Training 2; Ranger Pit. 2; IMTFP 3, 2, 1 
Summer School Slud 6, 5, 4, 3. 2, 1 

To my brother rats — no matter what you do after 
graduation, you are all leaders: so play the part 

To my classmates at W.P. — let's say farewell to 
cadet gray and don the Army Blues. To Mom and 
Dad — it's over and done with, we have gone our own 
ways, but I love you both for all that youhave done 
for me. Is there an adequate way to say thank you? I 
can only try as I have always done. To the inmates of 
cell block 224 — despite my diversities, I'm not such 
a bad guy, am I? IHTFP, right? 

And to my Carol — the wait has been an eternity 
but we were never alone. Babe, if you are ready, then 
take my hand and we'll see what our future together 
has to offer. 

1986: Rus Spriggs 
1991: Ray Dotterweich 

Brian John Shotto 

Drac, Shots 

Special Student — Economics 

Bel Air, Maryland 

Charles Robinson Willis 

Fester, Ernest P Hooter 

Special Student — History 

Fredericksburg, Va. 

Football 4: Cadet Battery 4, 3. 2: Ring Figure Co- Rugby 86-87: Bed potato 85-88; Kappa Alpha Order. 
Chairman 2: Corporal 2: Pvt. 4, 3, 2. 

I can remember telling my Dad that there was no way 
I was ever going to a military school. 1 guess that I 
was wrong. And now that it's almost over, I know I 
made the right choice. Making it through VMI has 
allowed me to believe in myself and in what I can do 
in life. What I could never forget about here at the 
"I" is the good friends and good times. Mike 
"Schlong" Harding — You're the greatest, you've 
made this place almost bearable. Brett — you've kept 
me laughing for three years, good luck to both of you. 
Paul — Front Royal, skiing, need I say more? Hank 
— I could always count on you, you're a great friend, 
good luck. Rob — it's a long haul and you're off to a 
great start:don't quit! Heather and Jack — I love you 
both. Scott and Leigh — you're doing great — let's 
hope we'll have a great future together with our new 
company. And to my future wife Debby. What can I 
say? It's finally over. And you deserve a VMI diplo- 
ma as much as I do. You've put up with countless 
things that many girls wouldn't dream of doing; I can 
never repay you for that. This is our true beginning 
and I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with you. 
I love you. and finally Mom and Dad — I made it! I 
could never have done it without your guidance and 
support; I hope I've made you both proud. You've 
given me every thing I've ever needed and I can't 
thank you enough for that. I love you both. 

1986; Dave Grimm 
1991: Rob Strange 

I began my collegiate career with high expectations 
and visions of grandeur, and a general air of festivity, 
for I was going to attend Thomas Jefferson's Univer- 
sity; the University: the University of Virginia. That 
was in August of 1983. After three semesters, a 1.9 
GPA. and a semester off, the high expectations and 
visions of grandeur had faded away and only the 
festive atmosphere remained. A gentle prod from 
above( more like a kick in the . ), a five minute 
meting with Col. Buchanan in June of 1985, a hand- 
shake, and 1 was accepted(sentenced) to VMI. On 
August 21, 1985. I began the second phase of my 
collegiate career. I realized at once that there was a 
purgatory on earth, and that it was in Lexington, Va. 
Well, my three years of penitence are over, and I 
enter the world as a free man. The only thing I will 
miss here will be the other tortured souls, whose stray 
path ultimately led them to Lexington, Va. Pung, 
Don Juan, and Maddness, one could not ask for 
better roommates and friends, .^uf Wiedersehen, Bil- 
lena, Tyrone, Steve, Holmes, the horsemen, Hoadly, 
Ghetto, Pervert, and the rest of the boys. May your 
days of repitcnance be short and sweet. 

1986: Patrick Gill 
1991: Chrissy Barnett 

Second Class 231 


Rick Skiff. Daniel Fitzgerald, and Quinn Donavan give the "Thumbs up" to show that they're ready to go for 
the SM, 

As the second class year began, we real- 
ized that we were no longer just a group of 
people living on the same stoop. We had 
passed all the trials and tribulations of our 
third class year, and we were now ready to 
face our next challenge: RING FIGURE. 
As that day grew closer, we began to reas- 
sert itself. A new bond began to develop, 
one that was true and touched every mem- 
ber of the class. It was a bond of undying 
loyalty, and the sense of selflessness we 
showed to each other proved we were now 
a new force — a whole new force to be 
reckoned with. Through every setback, our 
class faced third class year, and through 
all the changes that occurred in the sys- 
tem. We endured many hardships during 
that year. Grades, getting boned, and ad- 
justing to the Institute as Third Classmen 
made the class stronger as we pulled 

Second class year, our class continued 
to strengthen. We would look inside our- 
selves to find the answers when no one 
would tell us what was happening. We 
learned a lot of things and now, as we 
await our first class year, we have proven 

John Adametz 

Belle Veronon, PA 

Seth Ainspac 

Lambertville, NJ 

Robert W. Alder 

Mountainside, NJ 

Henry J. Amato 

Mulica Hill, NJ 

Erick Ames 


Charles Anderson 


Matthew Ans 

Parkersburg, Wv 

George T. Armbruster 

Virginia Beach 

Brandon Baca 

W. Patterson AFB, OH 

William H Bain 


Daniel T Baker 


Michael C. Balao 

Pittsburg. PA 

John Banigan 

Boonton Township, NJ 

Troy Barbour 


Raphael S, Barsaman 


232 Second Cla 

Drew Basden 
Virginia Beach 
Patrick J.Becker 
Llyod N. Bell 
Atlanta, Ga 
William T. Bersing 
Virginia Beach 
Michael Biliunas 

Angelo J. Biviano 
Hammonton. NJ 
James H. Black 
Fpo Seattle. Wa 
Craig K. Borncmann 
Virginia Beach 
George E. Bouchard 
George H. Bowles 

Kevin E. Boyum 

Robert W. Bradford 
Ellicott City, Md 
Steven A. Breheny 
New Nork, NY 
David C. Brown 
New Kensington, Pa 
Frederik Brown 
Chagrin Fall, OH 

John Giltz is caught off guard as he escorts his date to the date lounge at Homecoming Hops. 

We may be the smallest class in bar- 
racks, but we feel it has been to our bene- 
fit. We live in harmony with each other, 
and we know the other classes often look 
to us in times of trouble. We are a small 
but proud class that has succeeded in at- 
taining our goals and learning the wavs of 

Second class year saw a lot of changes 
for the class of 1989. 

Things improved in every aspect for us. 
On the social scene, as well as on the VMI 
homefront. Things continued to look up 
for the second class. 

Socially, the second class improved in 
leaps and bounds. Gone was the lack of 
confidence that had been demonstrated as 
rats and third classmen. With the second 
class year came a new sense of prowess 
that the class showed when dealing with 
females. The class no longer displayed an 
ineptness with girls; now, they displayed a 
character totally relaxed and ready to en- 
joy the company of a lady. The second 
class had matured to the point where they 
no longer fell they had to impress girls 
with big stories, etc. This sense of relax- 
ation the class demonstrated towards the 
girls was also evident in everything the 
class was related to or involved with. 

Second Class 233 



Left: Steve Brehany and Cpl. Powers grade the Corps at a 
Fridav Retreat Parade. 

Eric Buchanan 

Signal Mt.. TN 

Vincent Buser 


William Cairo 

Coral Springs, FL 

Samuel Callejo 

Barstow, Ca 

Francis Campion 

North Brunswick. NJ 

Paul Canada 


Brett Carter 

St. Cloud. FL 

Harlan Carvey 

Virginia Beach 

Peter Catalano 

Honolulu. HI 

Joseph Cefalu 

Raleigh. NC 

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Brian Collier prays that Cpt. Speaker doesn't find anything wrong with his room during 
one of the SNI's. 

The Second Class makes up part of the three aspects that VMI 
stresses. The military aspects is shown with Seconds in key leadership 
positions give them a chance to lead and do it successfully. The aca- 
demic aspect is demonstrated with the numerous Seconds who wear the 
distinctive academic stars. The physical aspect is seen with all the 
athletic permits in which the Second Class belongs to. Winning numer- 
ous competative events shows that the determination that they have. 
All these aspects show that the Class of 1989 has a lot to offer to the 

Dave Brown goes back to pas 
Virginia Tech. 

tor a touchdown in the win against West 

Robert D. Childress 


Stephen M. Chiles 

Colombus, OH 

David D. Clement 


Kenneth H. Cobb 


Brian B. Collier 


John T. Corley 

Decatur. Ga 

Jose L. Corpuz 

Chicago, II 

Edwin C. Cox 


Christopher M. Crawford 

Birmingham. Ml 

William H. Crone 


Second Class 235 


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Bill Cairo 

Bill Cairo is an economics major 
from Coral Spring, Florida. He is the 
First-Sergeant of Echo Company. He is 
shown at left leading a platoon in a 
Friday Evening Parade during this 
year. Bill is a mellow fellow helping his 
Brother Rats in classes and helps them 
concerning questions on company poli- 

When Bill is home in Florida, he en- 
joys kicking back listening to Jimmy 
Buffett while he's on a fishing boat. 
What he really enjoys is laying on the 
beach watching beautiful females walk- 
ing by. Boy, life stinks!! 

Nathaniel L. Cross 

Glen Allen 

Thomas Curran 

W all. N'J 

Gerald Damron 

Hunlinglon. WV 

Jonathan M. Davis 


Robert \V, Davis 


Pedro Dcjesus 

Washington DC 

Ian J. Dolan 

Ramsey, NJ 

Quinn P. Donovan 

Pittsburg. Pa 

Sean J. Dooley 


lehael \V, Doucette 

Toronto. Canada 

Steven E. Druitt 


Brian P. Duffy 

Valley Cottage, NY 

Gerald D. Ernst 

St. Joseph. Ml 

Ashley A. Farchild 

Bucna Vista 

Thomas P, Fanshaw 

GKndon, Md 

Timothv J Finkler 


John R. Fisher 

Winston-Salem, N( 

Daniel J. Fitzgerald 

West Chester, PA 

Matthew T. Folsom 


Gordon L. Fox 

236 Second Class 

With the second class year, our respon- 
sibilities increased dramatically. We now 
had members of our who served on the 
Honor Court — the single most important 
thing to a VMI cadet. Not onh did we 
have members on the Honor Court, but 
the class of 1988 decided to give our class 
added responsibility. For the first time, 
members of the second class played inte- 
gral parts in the Rat Council, and also 
served as undersecretaries to the Officers 
of the Guard Association. 

During cadre, John Gregory explains Honoi Court 
procedures and answers questions about it. 

Steven L. Frankel 

Rehoboth Beach. DE 

Mark F. Frazier 


Mitchell H. Fridley 


Matthew H. Gallagher 


Darrin L. Galleo 


John D. Gates 
Tucker, Ga 
Robert Gates 
John R. Gentry 
Camp Lejeune, NC 
Kenneth J. Gheen 
John R. Giltz 
Chaumont, NY 

David L. GinskI 

Baltimore, MD 

John C. Glover 


Gilbert J. Granger 


Joseph E. Grealish 

Yorktown Heights, NY 

John C. Gregory 


Sean M. Halberg 


Thomas N. Hamner 


Michael W. Harding 


Derek W. Harris 


Neil A. Heimer 

Colorado Springs, CO 

Second Class 237 


Rat Training is one of the ways that the 
rats got to see what things are like in the 
militar\. They saw and participated in 
many activities such as pugei sticks, rap- 
peiing, climbing House Mountain, and do- 
ing many forms of physical training in or- 
der to stay in good shape and to hav ea 
good, motivated attitude. 

Rat Training is also a form in which 
second classmen got to assist the First 
Class in running this year's Ratline. The 
Seconds demonstrated excellent leader- 
ship and showed dedication and enthusi- 
asm which could have only provided good 
role models for the rats. Not only was the 
aid second classmen gave the First Class 
good in strengthening relationships be- 
tween 1988 and 1989. but it also provided 
the seconds with an opportunity to have 
contact with the rats outside of barracks in 
a new environment. 

Numerous opportunities were presented 
to lead the rats during Rat Training. Being 
leaders in key position gave the Second 
Class the chance to use .their leadership 
skills that would eventually help them in 
their respected summer camp training. 

The Reglmenu 

Sergeant Major Matthew St, Clair Instructs and supervises the pugcl sticks during Rat 

George T. Henning 


Thomas L, Hernandez 


Edward L- Herrington 


Robert I. Hoar 

Upper Montclair. NJ 

Andrew Y. Hoofnagle 


Todd A. Hooks 

Klttannlng. PA 

Joseph L Hurley 

Charlcroi. PA 

Thomas Infantino 

Virginia Beach 

Thomas B. Inge 


Jon M. Jacobs 

Prince William 

Raymond T. Jernlgan 


Stephen M. Joern 

Wyckoff, NJ 

Robert W. Jones 

Lake Luzerne. NY 

Ronald K. Jones 


Mark A. Joynt 

Virginia Beach 

238 Second Class 


The "Knights of the Round Table" in Rm 239 await their fate from the inspecting officer during an SN I . 


One key to survival at VMI is the bond 
that develops between roommates. At a 
school like VMI, where there are so many 
things one has to remember to do, a room- 
mate's role is extremely important. Room- 
mates are each other's police force. They 
make sure they don't sleep through classes 
or formations; they help each other when 
one roommate is in demerit trouble, etc. 
Not only do roommates do these things 
without fail, but they play an even more 
important role: one of confidant. Room- 
mates know more about each other than 
anybody else at VMI. They help with 
problems; they share excitements and joys, 
and they feel pain in times of anguish. 
Moreover, they are inseperable. The long- 
er they room together, the more they do 
together. They lift weights, take weekends, 
and basically become blood brothers . 
They are pals, and nothing will ever break 
them apart. Although this applies to all 
classes, it isn't until your second class year 
that this bond begins to tighten. It contin- 
ues to grow until the day of graduation, 
and even then it never ends. There is noth- 
ing that helps more at VMI then room- 
mates — the lifelong friendships are proof 
of that. 

Michael A. Karns 

Severna Park, MD 

Didier Kasczmarek 


Scott J. Kealoha 

Eugene. OR 

Michael J. Kelly 


Peter R. KcUey 

Norton, MA. 

Gregg R. Kendrick 
Valparasio, IN 
Robin P, Kerr 

Robert M. Kolb 
Upper Marlboro, MD 
Christopher J. Kraenzle 
Kenneth S. Krynski 
Folsoni, PA 

Michael A. Lake 


Peter R. Lampman 


Andrew Lavin 

Dallas. TX 

Joseph C. Lawrence 


Joseph S. Lawson 

South Boston 

Second Class 239 


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Kevin A- Leamy 


Scotl D. Leonard 

Virginia Beach 

Kevin M Lewis 

East Northporl, NY 

Marc C. Littlecott 


Clyde K. Littlefield 

Norcross, Ga 

Jihn-Khan Lu 

Washington DC 

Robert B. Lucas 

Trenton, NJ 

Martin L. Malloy 


Aleksander M. Manoff 


Thomas P. Marshall 

Ellsville. MO 

David A. Martin 

Williamsville. NY 

Jeffery A. Martone 


James J. Masella 


Michael E. Masely 

Oley, Pa 

John J. Mason 


Ike T. Matenpoulos 


Daniel M. McClintock 

W'oodstown, NJ 

Kevin C McAllister 


Anthony L. Mcintosh 

W'oodstown, NJ 

Derek R. McCown 


Kevin Jones 

Kevin Jones is a biology major from 
Richmond, Virginia. He is a Navy schol- 
arship student and is vice-president of the 
second class. As V.P.. Kevin serves on the 
General Committee and has active roles in 
Ring Figure and in all Second Class social 
functions. He is also actively involved in 
the Rugby team and is frequently seen in 
rugby gear. Kevin enjoys being a class offi- 
cer because it gives him the opportunity to 
help others. 

Kevin Jc 
pep rall\ 

i enjoys the company of a few females at a 

240 Second Cla 


Dan E. McGrew 
Weirton, WV 
Anthony Q. Mcintosh 
Lexington, NC 
Thomas A. McKee 
Brian McKenzie 
Greendale, WI 
Patrick D. McMahon 

Neil E. McSweeney 
Virginia Beach 
Francis A. Meccia 
N. Hollywood, CA 
Paul A 'Mele 
Silver Spring, MD 
Christopher R. Mania 
\'irginia Beach 
Michael D. Mezzacca 
Edison, NJ 

Gera S. Miles 

Dwavne G. Miller 
Randolph AFB. TX 
Robert A. Miller 
William E. Miller 
Lennon Mings 
Newport News 

Christopher D. Mitchell 


Michael J. Monfalcone 


Michael E. Moore 

Locust Grove 

Thomas F. Moore 

St. Mary's, WV 

Michael B. Murphy 


Matt Tederick 

Matt Tederick is an economics major 
from Front Royal, Virginia. Matt has 
the honor of being on the Honor Court. 
Being on the Court requires a lot of his 
free time. When he is not doing any 
Honor Court work, he is seen in the 
weightroom working out. In addition to 
being on the Honor Court, Matt is the 
Master Sergeant of Bravo Company. 
Matt likes this responsibility because he 
enjoys working with the Rats. 

Matt Tederick makes sure that this rat knows his 
Rat Bible. 

Second Class 241 


Not only did the second class" responsi- 
bilities increase in the class system, but on 
the Institute side as well. Every sergeant 
and non-commissioned officer in the corps 
was a second classmen. There were mem- 
bers of the class holding positions from 
guide sergeant all the way to regimental 
sergeant-major. Our role on the guard 
team also changed drastically. No longer 
did seconds march post or deliver slips. 
We now had positions of responsibility. 
Every piece of paper, every status slip and 
green slip — all went through the hands of 
a second classmen. Also, as Sergeants of 
the Guard, a second classmen was directly 
responsible for maintaining order inside 
and outside of barracks. Only the Officer 
of the Day and the Officer of the Guard 
were superior to the SOG. 

This year, the Regimental Color Guard 
was comprised mostly of Second Class- 
men. It was led by the Regimental Ser- 
geant Major Matt St. Clair. The entire 
Color Guard went on trips to march in 
ceremonial events to Richmond. New 
Market, and numerous other places. They 
are the pride of the Corps and the Pride of 
the Second Class. 

The Regimental Color Guard executes an "eyes-right" during a Friday Parade. 

Lawrence Nathan 


Steven Nezas 

Marlbourough. CT 

George D. Noewatne 

Madison. CT 

Kyle P, Nordemeyer 

Poalaton. MN 

Gary G. Nowlin 


Robert R OTerrall 


Christopher W. Ogden 

Naples, FL 

John H. Osborn 

Akron, OH 

William G. Oxtoby 

Macomb. IL 

Paul H Pardew 

APO New York, NY 

Todd A. Patenesky 

Bristol, TN 

Jonathan A. Paul 

Tyler, TX 

Richard F. Pell 


Marcus N. Perdue 

Hot Springs 

Stephen R. Peyton 

Lothian, MD 

ii-.f m 

242 Second Clas: 


Second classmen found that they could 
face VMI and its day to day hardships 
with a more relaxed attitude as compared 
with the pervious year in which they were 
stalked by the Tac Staff and by last year's 
First Class. They were over the adjustment 
phase that had been so difficult to deal 
with as thirds both militarily and academi- 
cally. With the departure of their dykes, 
many in the class wondered or not they 
could make it. They had also found their 
nitch in the system, and were content to 
just get their Rings and relax. This laid- 
back attitude demonstrated by the class 
made many realize that the old addage 
"like dyke like dyke" actually had some 
validity to it. Many seconds realized over 
the course of the year that they did possess 
some of the characteristics of their dykes. 
The basic military bearing that their dykes 
possessed rubbed off and is quite evidently 
shown by the way the class acts and oper- 
ates. The dyke-like attitude kept them- 
selves basically out of trouble and in a very 
easy going frame of mind. This easy going 
attitude is one of the reasons why it was 
such an enjoyable year for the class. 

Mike Balao, Matt Gallagher, Ed Harrington, and Tom Mcl<ee gather around with their dates at homecom- 
ing Hops, 

John P. Piedmont 
Sean W. Raborn 
Natural Bridge 
William M. Rader 
Springfield. OH 
PhiHr Raiford 

David B. Ratliff 


Micheal A. Ratliff 


Thomas J. Reilly 

Jonesboro. GA 

John L. Roberts 


Edward J. Roderiguez 

Fallston. MD 

Andrew L. Rose 


Gregory A. Rougeau 


David M. Royer 


Davin D. Rhohomaki 

Brentwood, TN 

William H. Rusher 


Norman A. Schmeling 

Freeport. NY 

Second Class 243 


Jh\s \ear presented a lot of opportunities for cadets 
to go to the many social functions that were going on 
at many of the women's colleges in the area. In the 
picture above. Kevin Boyum gets a big hug from a 
nice girl while he was at Mary Baldwin. 

Daniel E. Schock 


Brent R. Selnau 


Thomas W, Shadle 

White Hall, MD 

Thomas D. Shelton 


John C. Shipley 

Fayetteville, N.C. 

Gary A. Sibayan 


Stephen J. Simulcik 


Richard A. Skiff 

Middleburv, CT 

Fred W, Smith 

Dale City 

Macon Snowden 

,-\tlantic Beach, N.C. 

Matthew E. Sossi 

New Winsor, NY 

Richard L. Sparks 

Virginia Beach 

Robert A. Spieldenner 

East Sandwich, MA 

Thomas N, Spivey 


Matthew G St.Clair 


Bruce S. Stables 


Steven W. Stafford 


Allan R. Stoneman 


244 Second Class 


Kevin P. Sullivan 


Michael P. Sullivan 

APO San Francisco, 


Keith Sykes 


Yuh L. Tarng 
Washington, D.C. 
Alwyn Taylor 

Matthew A. Tederick 
Front Royal 

Craig S. Thompson 
Hamilton Square, NJ 
Matthew T, Tilley 
Jack R. Toepfer 
Shenectady, NY 

Tracy S. Toye 


William V. Trumpore 

Littleton, CO 

Andrew J. Tunnard 

Fairlawn, NJ 

Robert F. Vanwinkle 


Gary M. Vaughn 

Newport News 

Alfredo M. Versoza 

APO San Francisco, 


Steven H. Warren 
Basking Ridge, NJ 
Seaborn J. Whately 
Rome, GA 
Mark A. Whisenant 

The Second Class is instrumental in the running of 
the Ratline. Master Sergeants, the Second Classman 
in charge of the rats at the company level, provide the 
necessary measures and discipline in order to ger the 
rats to start acting cadets and to provide the inner 
discipline that will be carried in the future. We see 
Charlie Company's Master Sergeant Bill Bersing 
making sure that his company's rats have their room 
spotless in an inspection. 

Second Class 245 


As one can see, the second class, the 
class of 1989, is an extremely talented 
and diverse class. It is a class full of spirit 
and energy, but at the same time, the 
class takes a relaxed approach towards 
VMI and towards cadet life. The class 
has matured very well and has accepted 
its role in both the class system and the 
Institute system. 

Our class has been through a lot, 
though, and we haven't made it to this 
point without losses. Out of the 374 we 
matriculated with, we had only 247 left, 
with the number continuously being 
threatened by grades and demerits. Still 
though, no one thought we would make it 
to this point , and now we are waiting 
with eager anticipation to begin our first 
class year. 

Unfortuneately, there isn't enough 
room in these pages to show everyone in 
the class the way we want to. If we had 
our say, the entire section would have 
been all casuals. There is so much to be 
said about the quality of the class of 
1989, but we would only be stating the 

The one most important thing that 
happened to us this year has a section 
especially devoted to it, but there are 
some things we should say now. Of 
course. Ring Figure is what we are talk- 
ing about. That was something we began 
working towards at the end of the rat 
year, and before it all ended, several peo- 
ple had asserted themselves as people 
willing to put the class above themselves 
when it was necessary. To those people 
who worked hard getting Ring Figure set 
up, many thanks. 

Special thanks go to Dwayne Miller, Nat 
Cross, Kevin Jones, Tim Finkler, Drew 
Basden, Keith Boyum, Aleks Manoff, 
Andrew Tunnard, David Royer, Philip 
Rader, J.C. Gregory, Greg Rougeau, 
Seeb Whatley, and all the others who 
have dedicated time to the class. Without 
the help of the members of the class. 
Ring Figure would never have been as 
successful as it was. 

Robert L, While 


Robert Lewis White 

Virginia Beach 

Randell Willard 

Virginia Beach 

Thomas J. Williams 

Glades Spring 

David S. Williams 

.\nnapolis. MD 

Lowell D- Wilson 

Tocoma. WA 

Kevin P. Wood 


Randolph L. Wood 

Beaufort. S.C. 

Harold L, Wyatt 


246 Second Class 

Gary Sibayan takes a big swing against James Madison University. 

Second Class 247 



248 Second Clas 

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Second Class 249 


TCFC 89 

The Third Class Financing Committee 
this year grossed about thirty thousand 
dollars for Ring Figure 1 989. The commit- 
tee earned this money primarily from sell- 
ing pizzas and subs. This year, there were 
three places that had contracts with TCFC 
'89 which gave cadets a variety of choices 
to choose from if he wishes not to dine the 
fine cuisine at Crozet Hall. In addition to 
selling pizzas, they sold class mugs, pic- 
tures of Breakout "87, Matriculation T- 
shirts, and Ring Figure magazines. 

Nat Cross was the genius behind the 
entire set up. Asked what he thought 
about it, he said, "It was hectic, but Fm 
glad that 1 did it because I felt that Fve 
helped the class." Helping Nat in manning 
to run TCFC was Steve Joern, the treasur- 
er. Steve's job was to pay the many bills 
that the class owed. 

TCFC took a lot of time out of these 
gentlemen's time. Usually, they had to 
sacrifice their study time in order to set up 
the orders and to monitor the progress of 
the fellows working that night. They 
worked hard and deserve a lot of credit. 
Good job guys!! 

Left to right: First Row; Sean Dooley, Matt Gallagher, Nat Cross Second Row; Alex Manoff. John Osborn, 
Seaborn Whatley. Phil Raiford, Tom Hamner, Greg Kendrick 


As the Sesquicentennial celebration of 
the founding of the Institute approaches, a 
committee was selected in order to prepare 
for the numerous activities and speakers 
that will be here. 

The committee is made of Institute fac- 
ulty, staff, and cadets. One cadet from 
each of the three upperciasses in barracks 
is on the committee. The Second Class 
representative is Andrew J. Tunnard. His 
job is to give some ideas and suggestions 
on activities. In addition, he acts as a vot- 
ing member on the committee. 

The Sesquicentennial has a lot of special 
meaning to the Class of 1989. Next year 
will mark the beginning of the celebration 
and it will be the Class of 1989 that will be 
in the forefront of all the attention direct- 
ed at VMI. 

Left to right: Third class Peter Tunnard, Second 
class Andv Tunnard. First class Severn Maynard 

-■^O Second Class 



Rat Council 

This year, the Second Class had the new 
responsiblity as members of Rat Council. 
Their primary task, as well as the First 
Class R.C. members, was to teach the rats 
the Rat System and to enforce the rules 
and restrictions set forth by the officers of 
the R.C. 

The Second Class members helped to 
run the rat tours, and came back for cadre 
to make sure that the matriculants got 
their Rat Bibles and also to let the incom- 
ing rats know that they were in for some 
very tough times ahead. This year's mem- 
bers were Ken Krynski, Fred Smith, Ran- 
dy Wood, Bob Alder, and Kyle 

Picture at left: Ken Krynski looks down at an incoming matriculant as he goes to gel his Rat 
Bible from one of the R.C, members awaiting in a raquetball court during matriculation. 

Randy Wood qiiestions about why these recent high school graduates came here and what they 
hope to accomplish while they are here at VMI. 

Second Class ;5 I 



Ring Figure — Class of 1989 

On November 20, 1987, the class of 
1989 passed through another stage of 
there experience here at VMI. This stage 
was Ring Figure. This date was implanted 
into their minds since Breakout '86 and 
the class was eagerily awaited for this date 
to come up. 

The Third Class year was a year that 
they got to handle TCFC in order to make 
money for Ring Figure in addition to other 
fund raisers. Also during this year, the 
Class of 1988 had their Ring Figure and 
knowing that next year this would be them 
drove the class into eager anticipation. 

The Second Class year came around ex- 
tremely fast and it brought more anticipa- 
tion knowing that soon, the Class of 1989 
will be part of the Brotherhood of the 
Ring. Committees were set up to find a 
place to have Ring Figure, get bands, and 
get a speaker for the ring ceremony. Sec- 
ond Classmen were hunting for potential 
Ring Figure dates during this period. 

Pete Catalano beams brightly as he and his date pas: 

through the replica of the ring during the Frida\ night 

Mark Perdue and Tom Infanlino show how desperate Seconds can get in order to Coleman Lawrence shows a surprised look at the camera as he eagerily awaits to 
get a Ring Figure date. get his ring. 

252 Second Class 

From left to right, Dwayne Miller, Ned Cox, and Kevin Jones discuss what should be done to Cocke Hall for 
Friday's Ball. 

A lot of hard work went into Ring Fig- 
ure. A number of committees were set up 
in order to get ready for it. Drew Basden 
was in charge of getting Cocke Hall ready 
for the Friday Night Ball. He had to pre- 
pare the replica of the ring, get panels of 
the ring painted, set the stage up for the 
band, and to decorate the dance floor. 
There were a number of his classmates 
who assisted him in the preparation of 
Ring Figure. 

Dwayne Miller was responsible for set- 
ting up Ring Figure. He organized the ring 
dates in which the class had try-ons, 
picked out the Ring Figure Honor Guard 
which composed of Third Classmen, and 
gave people various jobs in order to get 

All in all, the entire class pitched in to 
get things ready. They wanted this Ring 
Figure to be the best. They all thought of 
that magic day, November 20. 

Upper Left, Brian McKenzie, Gary Nowlin, Drew Basden, and Heath 
Bain sit back and admire their work. 

Above. Steve Stafford, Heath Bain, and Mike Sullivan work on painting 
the panels of the ring. 

Left, Mike Banigan and Mitch Fridley work diligently on touching up the 
replica of the ring. 

Second Class 253 


General Abrahamson, 1? 
class and guests. 

I's honorary BR, addn 

Jeff Farlcigh presents an honorary ring to Mrs. Bridgeforih 

Driving snow fails to dampen our excitement as we proced 
to J.M. Hall. 

Bill Cairo, ring in hand, greets General Abrahamson. 
We await our turn to join the Brotherhood of the Rmg 


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254 Second Class 


The Ring Figure Weekend started on 
Friday with the Ring Presentation Cere- 
mony. The guest speaker was General 
James Abrahmson, director of SDl and 
also an honorary Brother Rat of the Class 
of 1989. During the ceremony, a ring was 
presented to the mother of Mac Birdge- 
forth, a Brother Rat who died after the 
class had broken-out of the Ratline. 

Later that night, the Ring Figure Ball 
took place in Cocke Hall. The class walked 
through a huge replica of the ring and 
made the traditional "89". Later, the tra- 
ditional waltz was played and the ball be- 
gan soon after. 

The next day, the class watched the 
Keydets play against UTC in the bitter 
cold, but Seconds were thinking about 
what will be ging on later in that night. 
After the game, the class headed down to 
Roanoke to the Marriott and partied the 
night with the "Boneshakers". 

A good time was had by all, and Ring 
Figure will be held dearly in the mind of 
the Class of 1 989 for the rest of their lives. 

Matt Sinclair leads the made-over Regimental Staff 
and revl of the corps in the Ring Figure Parade- 

Will Oxtoby, Tom Inge, and Nat Cross form part of the "8" and wait for the Paul Canada and his date walk through the ring to take their position on the 
traditional waltz to begin. dance floor. 

Second Class 255 



ers: Finnic Coleman. Vice President. Andy England. Historian. Charles Placeman. President. 

We were different people who 
had lived different lives. From the 
big cities, small towns, fields, and 
factories, we came in search of the 
same goal, to be a VMI man. On a 
dark and gloomy August 20, 1986, 
we underwent a transformation 
from high school playboys to VMI 
rats. The events to follow would 
make us different men with differ- 
ent ideals and a more strict inter- 
pretation of the words duty, honor, 
and respect. The numerous sweat 
parties, stoop runs, and rifle runs 
were the vices of our dykes to en- 
hance our learning process, for it 
was the effect of these vises and not 
the events themselves that made 
the class of 1990 the strong and 

unified group it is. The humility to 
be punished for someone else's er- 
ror, the leadership to make order 
out of chaos, and the followership 
needed to remain faithful and true 
to a commitment were all traits 
gained from a ratline claimed by 
some to be the hardest in the last 
decade. Not all that tried could 
make it. As the group grew smaller, 
the unity became more intense. A 
love and brotherhood between our 
comatriculants spread, and the true 
meaning of the term "Brother Rat" 
was discovered by those that 
stayed. As we came closer to the 
day of our deliverance, the ratline 
became more intense. We entered 
the week of Resurrection. Finally 

our deliverance came, on March 
18, 1987 the rat mass of 87 + 3 
forced its way up breakout hill. To- 
gether, we had accomplished a 
seemingly insurmountable task, 
and by doing so written our page in 
the VMI history books. Our dykes 
had successfully passed on the VMI 
legacy, and the class of 1990 had 
met the challenge. Now onto Ring 
Figure and Graduation we march 
with the same vigor and intensity 
we hold as third classmen. WE are 
a class of men dedicated, united, 
and proud to give an Old Yell for 
the class of 1990. E. Andrew 

MMMwmm iB 

Our very first class meeting! 

The happiest day of our lives? 

The beginning of this year 
brought many challenges to the 
new third class. We were no longer 
at the bottom of the VMI ladder, 
and had to act accordingly to prove 
that we were capable and deserving 
of the new responsibilities and priv- 
ileges given to us. For some it 
meant the rank of cadet corporal, 
and others leadership in various 
groups and organizations. We were 
allowed to take weekends and leave 
post. We were able to take advan- 
tage of permits allowing us to at- 
tend mixers at other colleges. We 
were even allowed to have hair. 
Most of us tried to avenge our suf- 
fering from last year by flaming 
rats. We had to get used to a new 
First class. The new ratline was 
much different than our own, and 
we became frustrated. Falling 
grade point averages were the ad- 

vent of the academic ratline. We 
found we had to budget our time 
even more carefully than ever be- 
fore. Much more time was spent on 
studying. The change of rat to third 
classman was almost as drastic as 
the change from civilian to rat. 
Even through this period of read- 
justment to a different side of life 
at VMI, the Class of 1990 pulled 

Third Class 257 


Ki-Sung Ahn 


Brian N. Albro 

Marietta, GA 

Stanley Alexander 

Washington, D.C. 

Leon B. Altman 

Crescent, lA 

David K. Amsden 

Holden, MA 

Amuel G. Anderson 


William T. Arnold 

Fort Worth, TX 

Eliot Assimakopoulos 

Wolfeboro, NH 

William Ator 

Valdosta, Ga 

John Aydlette 

Mt. Pleasant, SC 

Thomas E. Bailey 

Marietta, GA 

Anthony L. Baker 

New York, NY 

Chris Barker 


Jeffery C. Barnes 

Wilesboro, NC 

Allan K. Barr 


Above — 90 is well represented at Homecoming 
Right Pep rallies allow visitors into barracks. 

258 Third Class 



Glen S, Barr 

West Chester. PA 

Andrew G. Beasley 

Newport News 

David G. Bender 


Christopher Bish 


David A. Bland 


C, Todd Blekicki 
Kelly Bledsoe 
Charles J. Bodnar 
Virginia Beach 
Silviu Bora 
Cicero, ILL 
Timothy Bosetti 

Don M. Bowers 
William J. Bowers 
Dunwoody, GA 
Donald Bowman 
Paul Bravden 
Joliel, ILL 
John P. Brethour 
Hays, MS 

Chad Taylor (left) and 'Bo' Bosetti (below) enjoy the 
formal hop. 

Third class year allows more social free- 
dom. Instead of being locked up in bar- 
racks all of the time, we learn to appreci- 
ate social functions at local women's 
institutions. The many permits posted in 
sally port allowed third classmen many 
chances to meet fine young ladies. Some 
went to Hollins, some to Mary Baldwin, 
and others to Sweet Briar and Randy Mac. 
Those who couldn't get a ride went to 
Southern Sem. 

Third Class 259 


The third class corporal is the primary 
enforcer of the ratline. It is he who lives 
day-to-day with the rat. From daily in- 
spections in ranks to full-dress parades, 
from learning how to shine shoes, the inex- 
perienced rat will learn much from his cor- 
poral, whether he wants to or not. 

Finnic Coleman insures this rat knows his pertinent 

Dennis Bundens 

Wilmington, De 

Brian D. Burchette 

Hot Springs 

John T. Burleson 

Fort Hood, TX 

Robert N, Butler 


Ronald E. Buxton 

Exeter, NH 

Gordon B Byrne 

Greenwich, CT 

John B, Cabell 


Francis Cager 

Upper Marlboro. MD 

John D, Caine 

New York, NY 

Christopher Callahan 

Smithtown, NY 

Michael L, Camp 


Eric D. Carpenter 


Leonard H. Carson 


Sean Carty 


Robert Chcnery 


26n Third Class 



(far left) Good Morning Rats! (left) David George 
earns days as QMD cadre 

Mark Cheadle 


Jin H. Chong 


Chris L. Chretien 


Robert E. Clark 

Dallas, TX 

Gregory T. Clifton 

Charlotte. NC 

Finnic Coleman 
Pensacola. FL 
Thomas F. Collette 
Virginia Beach 
Andrew Conville 
Kevin T. Cool 
Salisbury. MD 
Thomas A. Cotman 

Christopher Cowley 
James M. Cox 
Eustus L. Craft 
Uvalda. GA 
Mark Craft 
Powell. TN 
Charles Crane 
Meadow Bluff. WV 

Third Class 261 

Jeffrey H. Crist 


Steven D. Crone 


Mark K. Cumbee 

Mansfield. PA 

Mark S. Cunningham 


David Darden 

Newport News 

Mark W. Dick 

Front Royal 

Glen K- Dickenson 


Douglas M. Dillon 

Great Falls 

Christopher G. Dixon 

Bellefonte. PA 

Michael E. Doczi 


Wilham R. Dowd 


John A. Draper 


James Dufford 

West Sunberry. PA 

Sean G. Duffy 

Ardmore. PA 

Richard A. Duke 


Mark Cheadle ^^^^^^■■H 

Mark Cheadle the ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^| 

the ^^^^^^^^^^^1 

financial plans Mark must come ^^^^^^f'^'^^^^^^I 

up with, he also has to help plan ^K^^^^^ ^^^^^1 

ail of the smaller details of Ring ^P J^^^^H 

Figure. Mark is a graduate of Wk '.^^ ''^^^^^HB^^I 
Petersburg High School, howev- ^^' y . - ^^m^W'^^sfi^H 

er his heart lies in the depths of ^m''j*1^' -^LL^^^I 

Orange County at a little known Hf al^^^^^^l 

school called Woodberry Forest. ^m ^^^^^^^^M 

Mark is a Biology major and ^^KliL .^^^^^^^^1 

hopes to join the ranks of medi- IWH^ --^^^^^^^^^^^l 

one day. He is an Army op- H ^^^k'i^^^^^^^^^^^^H 

cadet also. Although Mark H ^V^^^^^^^^^^^^l 

knows what he wants to do, he U.^K'^^^^^^^^^^^I 

^^■^K ^^^^^^^^^^^H 

room 342 attest. With ^^^pBii^^^^^^^^^^^l 

help of his little lady in Norfolk ^^H 

and his brother rats, Mark ^^H 

should go quite far. ^^H 

Mark emphasizes a point to the class. I^^^^B 

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262 Third Class 


Michael P. Dunleavy 
Ian A. Duthic 
Weslfield, NJ 
Todd S. Eckloff 
Enumclaw. WA 
Rodney S. Edwards 
Newport News 
Timothy K. Edwards 

Charles E. Ellis 
Jack Ellis 

Christopher P. Engel 
Virginia Beach 
Edward A. England 
Taylor B, Farmer 

Laurence M. Farrell 
Le Bellmore, NY 
Timothy S. Feagans 
Michael L. Ferguson 
San Francisco, CA 
Peter J. Finan 
Dumont, NJ 
Stephen Fitton 
Hopewell, NJ 





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Andy McCaig strains for the women(left), Lee Ha- 
vird strolls with another lovely (above) 

Third Class 263 



The third class year puis many prerequi- 
sites on one's time. From leading the rats 
to parallel reading outside the classroom, a 
third classman must learn to budget his 
somewhat newly acquired free time as 
there is almost always something to be 
done. Besides taking the time to study, 
maintain personal appearance, or clean 
rooms, many participate in extra-curricu- 
lar activities as rugby or fencing. There 
are also service, professional, and religious 
organizations to get involved with. Others 
get involved spending valuable hours of 
rack time making sure that the publica- 
tions come out on time! 

Joe Burns peruses educational material(rlghl) Todd 
Jacobs aids rals(far right) 

Ross Fitzhugh 


Dennis G. Fogler 

Virginia Beach 

Robert Forgie 


Ryan Foster 


Joseph T. France 


John Franklin 


Kevin W. Gallagher 

Wheaton, MD 

Charles E. Garbelt 


William Gaspar 

Johnstown, PA 

Raynor A. Garey 

Dayton, OH 

David A. George 


William D. Gillette 

Odenton. MD 

Robert S. GImbert 


John C. Golden 


John P. Gottwald 


264 Third Class 

John Welch rests on the big daydel't) Br'an Albro 
leads rat to new home(abovc;) 

Michael O. Green 
Lexington. KY 
Charles D. Green 
Candler, NC 
Robert C. Greenway 
Monroe, NY 
Robert Gudz 
Gales Ferry, CT 
John Hahn 

Kevin Handford 
Rensselaer, NY 
Doug Harper 
Parkersburg, WV 
Eric L. Harrison 
Fort Washington, MD 
Paul B. Hartigan 

John B. Haslam 
Asheville, NC 

Gregory D. Hatchett 
Newport News 
Lawrence Havird 
Timothy A. Haynie 
Rob Hays 
Alammeda, CA 
Quill O. Healey 
Atlanta, GA 

Third Class 265 



M.iuhcw Hemenez 

Vista. CA 

Douglas V\'. Henderson 

Bridgeport, \VV 

Mark Hennigan 

Allison Park. PA 

Matthew Henning 


Marvin \\ Herbaugh 

Fort Belvoir 

Stephan Herzog 

Paul \V. Holland 


Timoth\ S Hoover 

Reed E Hudgins 

Reisterstown. MD 

Christopher B. Huff 


John B Hunter 

Dallas. TX 

Henry S. Huntsberrv 

Stone Mountain. GA 

Hunter Shirey 


James A. Hynes 

Hamburg. NY 

Ramil Ibanez 

Suitland. MD 

Michael Inteso 

Toms River. NJ 

Todd J. Jacobs 


Arluro Johnson 


The third class room is just a stoop be- 
low the the rats, but infinitely better. Such 
items as stereos, more pictures, computers, 
mugs, and other assorted comforts of 
home help to make life at the "I" more 
bearabble. Third class rooms also have the 
racks down after DRC, not taps as in a rat 
room. This allows for more valuable rack 
time in the afternoon. 

Tim Hoover(right) shines up for parade in his third room(rar right) 


Bradley J. Johnson 
Hershey. PA 
Barry Johnson 
Lawrence F. Johnson 
Silver Spring, MD 
Edward D. Johnson 
Temple Hills, MD 
Harold L. Jones 

Irvin C. Jones 
John M. Jordan 
Alta Vista 
Jeff L. Kaster 
Greenville. SC 
David A. Kaulfers 
Michael B. Kemp 

Terrence Kerner 
Young C. Kim 
Mike W. Kimberly 
Modesto, CA 
Rick Kimmel 
Shreveport, LA 
John G. King 
Ridgefield, CT 

Scott Klion 
Stefan Knieling 
Mobile, AL 
Keith J. Kornegay 
Newport News 
Ken Kovac 
Dunellen, NJ 
Paul Kricorian 

This year, the first class brought back 
the system of rat tours for wayward rats. 
The rats would march around the stoop in 
barracks, sounding off pertinent informa- 
tion or else they would guard landmarks 
on post. The Rat Council allowed more 
underclass involvement, with the third 
class implementing this system on 
Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. 
Flaming rats was definitely better than 
toting a rifle in front of barracks to march 
off penalty tours. 

Paul Hartigan makes this rat's tours miserable dur- 
ing a pleasant VMI afternoon. 

Third Class 267 




Leading the rats on their first pa- 
rade was quite an experience for 
the corporals. Besides the mistakes 
on the tlanl^ing, column, manual of 
arms, and stepping motions, the rats 
did quite well. Can't you see the 
happy parents in the crowd? Can't 
you see the big smiles on the corpo- 
rals' faces? We all love a parade at 
VMI, especially the cadre corpo- 
rals. At least they don't have to 
wear shakos. 

Corpor.ils Riddick. Moushegi.m, and BoscUi (imsh 
anolhcr thrilling parade with D Ua company 


K » 

Andrew Kvasnicka 


Christian R. Larlee 

Ramsey. NJ 

Bradner Lawrence 

Jean G. Li 

University. MS 

Chun H. Lin 

Pine Bluff. NC 

Steven R. Lindcr 

Ecking. WV 

Calvin A. Lloyd 

Tampa, FL 

Cy Liu 

Pengshan, Taiwan 

Arthur V. Loving 


Scott Ludmer 

Erie, PA 

William H. Lyons 

Mobile, AL 

Michael A. Lythgoe 


Travis Mabrey 


William A. Madison 


Michael A. Manning 


268 Third Class 



The beginning of the third class 
year saw us still on guard, waiting 
painfully for the rats to go on guard 
so that we could take weekends and 
study. The rats who didn't fair well 
with the RC soon made many new 
third class friends with the initia- 
tion of rat tours. Others of us un- 
fortunate enough to be corporals 
were stuck with the additional du- 
ties of cleaning trunk rooms, the 
laundry rooms, and shuffling pa- 
pers for cadet staff officers. 

Jim Manning inspccls some unlucky ralsdcl'l) Keilh 
KorncgaN guards Ihc trunk rooms(far left) 

James A. Manning 


Peter M. Mantz 


Kenneth L. Markwalter 


Pablo A. Martinez 

Hialeah, FL 

James H. Mavor 


Barrv A. Maxon 
Louisville, NE 
Paul E. May 
Birmingham, MI 
Andrew McCaig 
Dallas, TX 
Brian J. McCarthy 
Watertown. NY 
Chris McConnell 

R Brian McCormack 
David McGraw 
Baltimore, MD 
Timothy McLaughlin 
Cooperstown, PA 
Mark W. McSwain 
Wilmington, NC 
Richard McWilliams 
Forest Park, GA 

Third Class 269 



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Scott Mead 

Clearwater. FL 

Richard R. Mehl 

Bellmore. NY 

William C. Mclvin 


Andrew Mergens 

Scandia. MN 

Kevin Miller 

Oliver Springs, TN 

Jeffrey T. Millican 

Westerville, OH 

Charles Minnigerode 

Newport News 

Arland D. Moon 

London. England 

Mike Morelock 


Chilton E. Morris 

Summerville, WV 

Jeff Moushegian 


Dominick M. Mullori 


Kelly G. Musick 


Richard L. Nefl' 


Todd Northrop 

Albany. GA 

Bill Arnold 

Bill Arnold's is one of the many 
well-known faces of the third 
class. Bill is a highly motivated 
and dedicated Marine-option ca- 
det who is fortunate enough to be 
on scholarship. The history major 
hails from Fort Worth, Texas, and 
has been very successful during 
his cadetship at the "I". He is a 
corporal in Foxtrot company, a 
very big responsibility. He is also 
involved in rat training, a very 
strenuous undertaking while most 
of us are running for the rack on 
Tuesday and Thursday after- 

noons. Bill also heads the finance 
committee for Ring Figure '90. 
He bears this responsibility with a 
positive attitude, for if he fails. 
Ring Figure will fail. However, 
with the help of his brother rats, 
he shouldn't have too much 

One of Bill's mottos is 
"Through trauma we grow." It is 
a good one for this Marine, and 
also for the class of 1990, for 
stress makes us stronger. If we can 
deal with the difficulties of the 
VMI ratline, we can deal with 
anything. Drive on Bill! 

Bill Arnold boogies to the beat of a banging 

Michael Ober 

PItlsburgh, PA 

Patrick Oleary 


Robert Ondrick 


Philhp R. Oviatl 

Pasadena. MD 

George G. Palomar 


Jeff Paul 
Pcrrysburg. OH 
Ronald D. Payne 
Garrett C. Peck 
Carmicheal, CA 
Robert M. Pedigo 
Virginia Beach 
Thomas C Pegram 

Hayes J. Penn 


Jon Peterson 


David M. Petka 

Avella, PA 

Christopher L. Phillips 

Marietta, FL 

Michael B. Pilley 


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Dave Wright is speechless at the sight of real food on the deck (abovc)Davc McGraw mugs for the 
camera! left) 

Third Class 271 



j^,y§,S,p*^^~— =- 

keydei uomen. an oxymoron. The 
women thai date cadets are a hard group 
to stereotype. Perhaps the best definition 
comes from a Clint Eastwood Movie; The 
Good. The Bad And The Ugly. But all 
Keydet women share a few things in com- 
mon. They have to have a) a sense of hu- 
mor. b)a car. c) a sense of adventure. Any 
girl who goes to a hop with the under- 
standing that you only stay the minimum 
time has an understanding of VMI. Hops 
are only one of many different events ca- 
dets take dates to. There always CPB mov- 
ies, football and basketball games, and 
Thursday night pep rallies. Many cadet's 
girlfriends also appear nightly at Preston 

Steve ^'arbrough looking good(right) Reed Hudgins 
lets It riplfar right) 

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Joe Pittman 


Charles S. Plageman 


Patrick Poon 

.Athens. GA 

Karl R. Powers 

Ocala. FL 

Chris Pratt 

Selkirk. NY 

Thomas Pugh 

Signal Mountain, TN 

Phillip N. Quattrone 

Monongahela. PA 

Paul D. Quinn 

Pomona. MD 

George A. Rahab 

.lohnstown. PA 

Minler Ralston 

Weston. \VV 

David B. Ratliff 


Jeffery A. Rawes 


Carl E. Rhodes 


R. Coleman Rice 


David B. Rich 

Norton. M.A 

A common scene, the women are the visitors(left) 
John Cabell at the hop(above) 

Larrv G. Riddick 


David Robbins 

Tucker. GA 

Donald Roberts 


Doug M. Robinson 


Kenneth Robinson 


Steven M. Roenker 
Virginia Beach 
John J. Roman 
Bethlehem. PA 
Michael P. Roman 
Pylesville, MD 
Kenneth A, Ross 
Charleroi. PA 
David J. Rost 
Slonv Brook, NY 

Victor Sabino 

Lancaster, PA 

Brian Sadler 

Red Art 

Gregory M. Sandway 


Andrew L. Schaaf 


Chris Schinstock 

Sierra Vista, AZ 

Third Class 273 


Third classmen were, as always, a vital 
part of cadre. From directing the worried 
families of new cadets to indroducing the 
rats to life at VMI, the class of 1990 was 
there, participating in one of the most suc- 
cessful cadre weeks in years. Almost as 
difficult as our own cadre a year ago, run- 
ning the new rats around is no easy task. A 
corporal must always look immaculate, 
and always a step ahead of the rats. 

Sal Bora and Dave Westdeft) instruct rats \i.hil 
Mike Manninglfar right) gives directions. 

Dennis Schmidt 

Peeksville, NY 

Jason W. Schmoyer 

Germansville. PA 

Robert J. Schnock 


August Schricte 

Washington, DC 

Matthew J. Schwarzmann 

Baltimore. MD 

James C. Setze 

Baton Rouge. LA 

Charles A. Sewell 

Marietta. GA 

\\ illiam A. Simpson 


Gregory C. Skinner 

Staten Island, NY 

Thomas G. Slater 


Mario Small 

Suilland, MD 

Charles S. Smith 

Edmburg. VA 

Holes R. Smith 


Scott E. Smith 


Scott Spellmeyer 

Menands, NY 

Timothy L. Spence 

Fancy Gap 

Douglas C. Spitz 

l.ongbranch, NJ 

David R. Stanley 


John L. Stehn 

Maspcth. NY 

Leonard J. Stellitano 

Pittsburgh. PA 

m M .^ iih fii 

274 Third Class 


Third classmen were actively involved 
in the Phys. Ed. department's rat training 
program. Whether in the position of cadre 
or working at one of the stations, the Class 
of 1990 helped to motivate the rats and 
build their confidence through rigorous 
training. This was no easy task, for it was 
ike going through the system one more 
time yourself. It gave a greater respect for 
those who had trained us. 

Third classmen lead Charlie company up the hill to 
rat training. 

James B. Stevenson 
Pittsburgh, PA 
Daren Stills 
Samuel N. Stocks 
Charleston, WV 
Mitchell G. Stockwell 

Timothy R. Sullivan 

Edward W. Swanson 


Michael Swanson 


Alvin F. Taliaferro 


Paul K Tallat-Kelpsa 

Mentor, OH 

Thomas F. Talley 

Chahalis, WA 

Brian Tate 
Riverside, CT 
Charles M. Taylor 
Thad Tegtmeyer 
Watseka, IL 
Michael D. Teu 
Garett Thompson 
Merritt Island, FL 

Glenn A. Thompson 


Todd D. Toler 


Thomas P. Tolley 

Bay City, TX 

Michael P. Trahar 

Rye, NY 

Richard C. Treanor 


Third Class 275 



William C. Tremaglio 

Meriden, CT 

Richard H. Trumbo 


Charles A. Tujo 

Portland. OR 

Peter A. Tunnard 

Fairlawn. NJ 

Brett Turner 


Robert J. Uhorchuk 


Lee Usher 

Summerville, SC 

Paul J. Valenzuela 

Clifton Forge 

Steven O. Vasquez 

Prince George 

Sergio P. Vespa 

Newton, MA 

Chin T. Vu 


Braxton K. Wade 


David K. Walsh 


Yuhhuzi Wang 

Fengshan, Taiwan 

John P. Washington 

Pitcairn, PA 

One of the not-so-memorable duties of 
this year was guard. Third classmen were 
required to take all rat positions on the 
guard team prior to the rats taking over 
and during exam periods. Responsibility 
was learned by the corporals of the relief 
who, at times, were the only ones awake in 
barracks. Also, no one can forget the times 
that brother rat would march your post for 
you if you couldn't yourself. 

Pcic Fman(nghl) and Stanley Alcxanderlfar right) 
guarding the Institute 

276 Third Class 


Charles A. Weening 
Coyonne, NJ 
John D. Welch 

Thomas C. West 
Stone Mountain, GA 
Lawrence E. Wetsel 
Ashevllle, NC 
Neil D, Whitmore 

Timothy B- Whitt 


Christopher Whittaker 


John A. Whittington 


Peter Wick 

Huntsville. AL 

Allen D. Williams 


David R. Williams 


Brian Woodford 


Stephen T. Wray 

South Boston 

David B. Wright 


Stephen Yarbrough 

Liburn, GA 

Most third classmen have no difficulty 
finding time to exercise. There were a 
good number on the run-for-life intramu- 
ral, while others enjoyed intramural alid 
intercollegiate sports. All men were re- 
quired to pass the VMI Physical Fitness 
test, and those who failed were placed on 
the infamous RFT. RFT has an odd way of 
getting men to pass the PFT very quickly. 

Raynor Garey, Lenny Stellitano, and Paul May keep 
fit on Supe's Hill. 

Third Class 277 




Third Class 279 



From Civilians to Soldiers 

August 19, 1987 marked the first day of 
a four year tenure for the Rat Mass des- 
tined to become the class of 1991. On this 
day the class of "91 matriculated into Vir- 
ginia Military Institute. 

The first hour of matriculation was cer- 
tainly the quiet before the storm. Matricu- 
lants spoke with curriculum advisors and 
ROTC representatives then checked in at 
the treasurer's desk. Following these 
checkpoints in the matriculation line, each 
matriculant signed his name to the Insti- 
tute Register then bid tearful farewells to 
family and friends. The freshmen were 
then ordered to sit and fill out forms. Oc- 
casionly one matriculant would look up 
from his papers only to be sharply instruct- 
ed to keep his nose to the paper. Cracks 
were showing as Hell was about to break 

All new cadets were formed into one 
single, tightly packed line leading down to 
the unknown depths of Cameron Hall. Id- 
iot Cards were strapped around each ca- 
det's neck. The card listed the new cadet's 
company, room number, and Cadre mem- 
bers responsible for him. Individuals from 
this long line were hustled into sound re- 
verberating rooms. In these rooms, amid 
seemingly endless scores of howls, matric- 

Top righl; "Excuse me sir. where do you get a clue '" 
Far righl: Matriculant Tim Pennington arrives at the 
"I". Right: Fred Lehman: Did he know thai he would 
become the Regimental Commanders "dyke"? 

280 Fourth Clas: 


ulants were issued Rat Bibles, the source 
of knowledge and wisdom that is mastered 
by each new cadet. 

The rest of the day was spent running in 
lines while squaring corners on the way to 
various checkpoints. Some important 
stops are the shaving, QMD, dinner, and 
room supplies. In between each stop, the 
shaven civilians stand with their Rat Bible 
in front of them trying to learn the Honor 
Court before they are flamed and dropped 
for many sets of pushups and mountain 

After an exasperating day of pain, push- 
ups, terror and tears the new cadets are 
put to bed. After an hour lull, a cannon 
blasts through barracks. The green cadets 
are ripped from their racks and sent to a 
proper initiation into the line of VMI men. 

Clockwise: A new beginning! The happy Good-byes. 
Signing the Book; the commitment has begun. Ac- 
knowledging the last smiling face. Matt Zahorsky, "I 
don't know about this place Pa!". "Pleeease Mom!" 

Fourth Class 281 




Steven Abbey 

Baltimore. MD 

Daniel Abernalhy 

Richmond, VA 

Michael Ackerman 

Annandale. VA 

David Ahrens 

Endwell, NY 

Matthew Amato 

Mullica Hill. NJ 

Nicholas Alten 

Manassas. VA 

Charles M. Amory 

Chesapeake. VA 

James Apostle 

Winchester. VA 

Edwin Arnaldo 

Virginia Beach, VA 

Craig S. Arms 

Raven, VA 

Trov Ashe 

Hartfieid, VA 

Thomas F. Austin 

Duluth, GA 

Kendall D- Baily 

Amherst. VA 

Richard Baines 

Washington. VA 

Michael C. Barnes 

Lanexa. VA 

Christopher Barnctt 

Falmouth. VA 

Gary Barnette 

Ivor, VA 

Christopher M. Barnwell 

Alexandria, VA 

Christopher Batenhorst 

Quantico, VA 

Thor Bauer 

Toledo, OH 

Matriculation Day was a day filled with 
weeping parents that bade farewells to 
their precious offspring. Handpicked up- 
perclassmen were on the scene to help out 
with any problems that the New Cadets 
encountered. These cadets also comforted 
the worried parents. If any difficulties 
arose during the complicated matricula- 
tion process, a courteous cadet of the Old 
Corps was always ready to assist. These 
upperclassmen made sure that the incom- 
ing "Fourth Classmen" made a smooth 
transition through the paperwork. The 
New Cadets were not sure what to expect 
after the initial processing, but First Class- 
man Rusty Sloane did, and he patiently 
awaited the upcoming chain of events with 
a unique anticipation. 

Right First Classman Rusty .Sloane provides a bit of 
"comfort" to an unsuspecting New Cadet 

282 Fourth Class 


Glen Bcale 
Little Rock. AR 
David Beard 
Daleville. VA 
Lee Bewley 
Big Spring, KY 
Brian Billingslev 
Baltimore, MD 
Richard Black 
Fallslon, MD 

James Blanks 
Woodbridge, VA 
Steve Blasch 
Richmond, VA 
Ed Blocker 
Sao Paulo, Brazil 
Chris Bond 
Glen Alien, VA 
Gregory Booth 
Concord, VA 

Ralph W , Booth 
Newport News, VA 
Thomas Boswell 
Keswick, VA 
John David P. Bower 
Wheat Ridge, CO 
Sean Boyle 
Fairfax Station, VA 
Michael Bunch 
Norfolk, VA 

As Matriculation Day progressed, it be- 
came very apparent to the Rats that this 
year would be one dismal nightmare. Ev- 
erything transformed in one sweeping 
movement that left Rats baffled, silently 
wondering whether it was wise to choose 
VMI as their potential alma mater. 
First Classman, Rusty Sloane is a prime 
example of the transformation that oc- 
cured in this fast-paced day. He is shown 
demonstrating the finer points of physical 
training at VMI during the sweat party. 
Earlier in the day, he was consoling par- 
ents and reassuring young recruits in the 
first hour of matriculation. This personal 
transformation was indicative of change 
that the entire Institute underwent in the 
hours and days to come. 
The sudden shock that was experienced by 
the new cadets proved to be more than 
some could handle. Others held on for a 
few more days then they too could not 
stand any more. The remaining lot, though 
still shell-shocked, was an ever hardening 
group that began to settle and develop 
mental callouses that served as buffers in 
the months to come at VMI. 

First Classman Rusty Sloane in a very intense mo- 
ment during the first sweat party. 

Fourth Class 283 



William Brennan 

Salelile Beach, FL 

Boyce S, Brice 

Florence, SC 

Eric D Brice 

Gastonia, NC 

Marshall Bridges 

Burke, VA 

Peter Brindley 

Miller Place, NY 

Evan J. Brown 

Cliflon Forge, VA 

Bryan Brooks 

Roanoke, VA 

Brad B, Brodigan 

Richmond, VA 

Jon Brumfield 

Lewisburg, WV 

Kyle Bryan 

Chamblee, GA 

Christopher Bryant 

Elkton, MD 

Chris Buckland 

McLean, VA 

Dan Buckley 

Fairfax. VA 

Eric Buechler 

jvernors Island, NY 

Russell Buffkin 

Mobile, AL 

"Would you like a little salt on your 
food Mister Rat?" Rat Council Vice-Pres- 
ident Jim Wiecking wants to insure that 
Winn Philips, along with our other Broth- 
er Rats, enjoys the gourmet delicacies 
served at Club Crozet. To illustrate this 
fact, Mr. Wiecking and his fellow Rat 
Council representatives take the time to 
give certain Rats that extra attention they 
deserve. This practice has become so pop- 
ular that almost all upperclassmen become 
involved in the act. It is not uncommon to 
see one Rat attract the attention of the 
entire mess hall. For example, when a Rat 
cardinal sin has been broken, i.e.: a Rat 
letting himself out of the Ratline, the of- 
fender will usually announce his crime 
over the PA system to the entire Corps. 
Rats have also learned a new way to hold 
their knives (between their knees). This 
and many other theatrical displays are 
greeted by the cheers of the upper three 
classes. Many people ask why all Rats arc 
required to double-time into the mess hall. 
Well, after a hard day's work. Rats can't 
wait to fill their bellies with a good (hardly 
ever), hot (always cold) meal. Let's face it, 
without the Rats providing the entertain- 
ment, meals would be just plain boring. 

284 Fourth Class 

Scotl Burch 
Gloucester, VA 
Eric Burks 
Houston, TX 
Michael Burton 
Norfolk, VA 
Daniel Cadigan 
Richmond, VA 
Arthur B. Cajigal 
W'illowbrook, IL 

Steven Callahan 
Harrisonburg. VA 
Guillermo Canedo 
Bedford, VA 
Tucker Carmichael IV 
Burke, VA 
Horace A. Carter 
Richmond, VA 
Charles Cathcart 
Marion, VA 

Darin M, Chambers 
Baltimore, MD 
Jack Chen 
New York, NY 
Stanfield L. Chien 
Great Falls, VA 
John M. Childs 
Bethlehem, VA 
Thomas Clark Jr. 
Baltimore, MD 

Patrick Coffman 
St. Albans, WV 
Robert E. Cole 
Burke, VA 
William Coleman III 
Richmond, VA 
Andrew Collier 
Alexandria, VA 
David Conforti 
Washington, PA 

The "Dyke System" at VMI is a system 
unique from any other military school. It 
consists of a Rat/First-Classman relation- 
ship that evolves into a strong brother- 
hood. The Rat's "dyke" provides advice, 
wisdom, and a place of sanctuary against 
all types of hostile upperclassmen. The 
First-Classman looks after his "little- 
brother" and brings him up when he is 
down. In turn, the Rat will take on a few of 
his "dyke's" responsibilities such as mak- 
ing wake-up calls, putting up racks, and 
picking up and folding laundry. The 
"Dyke System" here is a plus for the ca- 
dets both old and new, and forms friend- 
ships that will last alongside that of his 
Brother Rats. 

John Scarpino and his "dyke", Steve Toma reflect on 
the hardships of VMI over Cokes in the "X". 

Fourth Class 285 



Michael Connolly 

Fairfax Slalion. VA 

Ian Conner 

Sandy Springs, GA 

John Consalvo 

Suffolk. VA 

Timothy Cook 

Pembroke. MA 

Sieve Costcllo 

Dumfries. VA 

Richard Coupland III 

Annandalc. VA 

Jeffrey Covey 

Dunedm. FL 

Joseph L. Covey 

Apo San Francisco. CA 

Don Cribbs 

Pitlsburgh. PA 

Christopher A. Cruz 

Virginia Beach. VA 

Jeffrey Cuiper 

Katy. TX 

Shannon Daly 

Leesburg. VA 

Chris o'anicls 

Spring. TX 

Christian Daniels 

Miller Place. NY 

James Davis 

Covington. VA 

For many years at VMI, a Rat's act of 
stupidity was often rewarded with multiple 
sets of exercises that were executed froin 
the front leaning rest, i.e.: Push-ups. Push- 
ups were a very common method of cor- 
rection during Cadre and a few short 
weeks that followed. However, at the Ad- 
ministration's discretion, the push-ups 
were banned from use due to a new inter- 
petation of old rules. Upperclassmen were 
outraged and let the Rats out of the Rat- 
line because they feared that one would 
not exist without this demanding exercise. 
In turn, the Rats gave themselves a work- 
out that night to show their faith in a 
system that has worked for years. During 
the year, fervant articles have covered 
school publications, blasting the adminis- 
tration for its stand on the issue. All at- 
tempts to recover the old policy have been 
in vain. Push-ups are now another mark of 
the "Old Corps"! 

Top right: Direct orders from General Sam Walker. 


Far right: Rat David Hart demonstrates the "old" 

means of correction. 

Right: Anonymous Graffiti appears on the bullilen 


286 Fourth Class 


Joseph Davis 
Thaxlon, VA 
Trentin Davis 
Orange, VA 
Scolt Day 
Faifax, VA 
James Demers 
BeaverCrcck, OH 
Victor Dewyea 
Broad Run, VA 

Daniel DiCesarc 
West Long Branch. NJ 
Geoffrey Dick 
Vienna, VA 
Peter Dillon 
Great Falls, VA 
Craig Dodson 
Culpcper, VA 
Michael Donavan 
Pittsburg, VA 

Benjamin Dorman 
San Diego, CA 
Regis Dotterwich Jr. 
Kingsville, MD 
Ken Draper 
Roanoke, VA 
Alan Duda 
Andrcwa AFB, MD 
Stephen Dudar 
Oak Park, MI 

Michael Dudas 
Potomac, MD 
John Duffy 
Valley Cottage, NY 
T.A. Dumouchelle 
Colonial Heights, VA 
Edward Dunnington 
Fairfax, VA 
Todd Early 
Richmond, VA 

Matriculants looking for sporty "Doos" 
ran into a little bit of trouble on their first 
day. The barbers had a schedule to meet 
that day and could not worry about acco- 
modating 408 outrageous requests. A bulk 
buy was made by the Administration and 
each cadet was issued the same hair-cut. 
Now that the year has progressed, Rats 
are allowed to wear their hair a bit longer 
(up to about 1/4 inch), but must still get 
their hair cut every seven days. The Insti- 
tute's two hair sylists, "Basil Sassoon" and 
"Molly Hatchet", make sure that they 
keep up with all of the current trends. 
Needless to say, not too many dissatisfied 
cadets come back asking for refunds! 

"But I only wanted a little off the sides!". Rat Chris 
Julio receives his first "real" haircut. 

Fourth Class 287 


Chris N. Edmonston 

Edgewater, MD 

Robert Edwards 

Edgewater, MD 

Chris Elster 

Arlington, V.A 

Bruce English 

Roanoke, VA 

Christopher Eubank 

Roswell, NM 

Brian Farrar 

Virginia Beach, VA 

Matthew Path 

Anderson. SC 

Jeffrey Fegley 

Mechanicsburg. VA 

Stephen Ferrazzano 

Phillipsburg. NJ 

Ra> Firman 

Lexington, VA 

Gregorv Fittz 

Danvilie, VA 

Charles E. Fuller Jr. 

Newport News, VA 

Matthew Gaddis 

Ocala. FL 

Michael Cesser 

Bristol, VA 

Chris Gideons 

Powhatan, VA 

Joseph J- Gionti 

Meadeville. PA 

Thomas Grant 

Richmond. VA 

John Gray 

Roanoke. VA 

Jonathon Greenspon 

Charlottesville, VA 

Jonathon Greer 

Maurerlown, VA 

The first sweat party. The worst and most remembered 
workout ever experiened by a Rat, This Sweat Party is the 
most mentally grueling and physically trying event of the 
entire Rat Line, 

Imagine an eighteen year old college freshman at VMI, 
spending his first night in barracks. He has been screamed at, 
insulted, worked out. and led around blindly all day. He has 
sweated more than he ever has in his life and his shower 
consists of a ten second cake walk around the shower heads. 
One week prior to this night, this same eighteen year old was 
probably cruising around, partying with friends, drinking beer, 
and checking out the country scenery with his girlfriend. Now 
he is lying in his thin mattress-no box spring bed, freezing in 
the night chill, wondering why in the hell he came to this place. 
Barracks is quiet. The Rat's mind is still racing, not knowing 
what to expect. Surely the madness never ends. 

Boom! It happens. With the sound of a cannon and the 
simultaneous kicking in of all the Rat doors, the Rat is jerked 
out of bed and ordered to put on gym dyke. Cadre members 
yell and scream telling him how stupid he is. Finally, all of his 
roommates are dressed and they line up on the stoop. The Rat 
Mass is marched into Cocke Hall, introduced to the Rat 

Council, and ordered back to barracks. The Rat cannot imag- 
ine what will follow. Stories have been told about what hap- 
pens during the first night, but most are so fanciful that they 
surely cannot happen, or can they? 

The long line is marched into a tight ball in the middle of the 
new court yard. They are put on their backs and with clasped 
hands and feet at six inches, the first class president welcomes 
them to VMI for what seems like eternity. What follows the 
speach is beyound the imagination of the Rat. As Brother Rats 
collapse around him, he is made to do several sets of pushups, 
leg lifts, and mountain climbers. Just as he too is about to 
collapse, the first class president ends the workout. The Rat 
drags himself up the stairs and into his bed. He soon passes 
out. Hell ceases only when unconscious. 

Far left: Kirk Dewyea puts the Rats on their face! 

Left: "Brother Rat Spirit" motivates fellow class members. 

Bottom Left: Rat Chris Gideons maintains the "strain". 


• v^ 



John Hale 
Irving, TX 
Jimmy Hammonds 
Wakulia, NC 

Thomas Harmon 

urke, VA 
David D. Hart 
Hanover, VA 

Mark Haslam 
Asheville, NC 
Wade Hawkins 
Roanoke, VA 

Fourth Class 28 

MarDn Ha\ab 

Dublin, VA 

Timoth) Hayes 

Brodnox, VA 

John Helmick 

Spinglicld. VA 

Steven Henr\ 

Fairfax, \ .\ 

Robert Hill 

Cedar Rapids. I A 

Lester Hollans 

Birmingham. Al 

Michael Holloway 

Kennett Square. PA 

Brvan Hooks 

Clinton. TN 

Rodney Hopkins 

Fairfax, VA 

Jon Howe 

Richmond. VA 

Kenneth Howerton 

Portsmouth. VA 

Daniel Huang 

Placentia. CA 

Todd Hubbard 

Meadows of Dan. VA 

Greg Hurst 

Richlands, \ A 

Eric Hvde 

Springfield, VA 

Stephen Imel 

New Castle, IN 

George Inge 

Kcnbridgc. VA 

Fmanuel Insinna 

Staten Island, NY 

Daryl Irby 

South Boston, VA 

NAME: John and Justin Martin 
HOMETOWN: Virginia Beach 

John and Justin Martin bring new meaning to the term, 
"Brother Rat." They are the only set of brothers in the same 
class in the corps. Though John is a year older than Justin, 
both decided to matriculate into this year's Rat Mass. John 
and Justin graduated from First Colonial High School in '86 
and '87 respectively. Both were members of the Patriot foot- 
ball and track teams in addition to being elected as officers of 
their class. 

They chose to attend the Institute because of the strict 
military environment and the pride and honor of the the 
school. They have adjusted quickly to the rigors of Rat Life 
though neither cares to be aroused at dawn for motivational 

In the future, Justin foresees a successful venture into the 
business world while John is seriously considering the option of 
becoming an Airborne Ranger. 

290 Fourth Class 


Somebody should really give this poor 
soul a can of mace and warn him about 
going out alone in dark, desolate court- 
yards. Here is Rat Robert Strange, a de- 
scendant of John B. Strange, the first sen- 
tinal to march a post at VMI. Strange was 
the first Rat sentinal to march guard in the 
old court yard this year, thus he was the 
proud recipient of the "First Rat Sentinal 

Strange's demise began with guard 
mount. Besides having to shine every piece 
of brass and keep his rifle and bayonet rust 
and dust free, he had the pleasure of Steve 
Neary and Adam Volant as Officer of the 
Day and Officer of the Guard respectively. 
Though he could have been boned for his 
rifle, bayonet, cartridge box, or general 
appearance, what followed would definetly 
merit him a gross appearance special. 

Upperclassmen swarmed upon Strange 
like hungry pirahna. Before he could utter, 
"Third stoop Sally Port, please let my 
Brother Rat go. Sir!", he became covered 
from head to toe with shaving cream, 
toothpaste, and toilet paper. After the fun 
ended. Strange was relieved and the next 
Rat continued, very hesitantly. 

Christopher Isakov 
Clarks Green. P.^ 
J. Tale Jackson 
Danville. KY 
Timothy Janeway 
Sewicklev. PA 

Michael Jannusch 
Naperville, IL 
Roger Jarrell 
Lexington, VA 
Greg Javis 
Madison, GA 

Michael Jeffries 
Clifton Forge, VA 
John Jeter 
Piano. TX 
Jeffrey Johnson 
Mechanicsburg. PA 

Robert Johnson 
Norfolk. VA 
David Jones 
Fairfax. VA 
Daniel Joseph 
Blue Ridge. VA 

Kennedy Judd 
Norcross. GA 
Christopher L. Julio 
Follansbee. WV 
Kee-Chyuan Jung 
Washington, D.C. 

Hong J. Kao 
Taiwan. Rep of China 
Patrick Keenan 
Virginia Beach. VA 
Daniel Kelly 
Vienna, VA 

Fourth Class 291 

Michael Kelly 

Tucker, GA 

James Kendall 

Tabb. VA 

Patrick Kiely 

Springfield, VA 

Anthony King 

Wilmington, DE 

John Kostoff 

PoQuoson, VA 

Larry Krleser 

Falrvlew Park, OH 

Patrick Krug 

Loretto, PA 

Paul Kubin 

Hlllsbourogh, CA 

Theodore Kuchler 

West Chester, PA 

Chad Kunkel 

Morrlsville, PA 

Samuel Kwon 

Decator, GA 

O D Land 

Lawrencevllle, \ -V 

Joseph Lane 

Manassas, VA 

Andrew Lawrence 

Roanoke, VA 

Richard Layton 

APO Miami, FL 

George Leauge Jr. 

Newport News, VA 

Jeffrey LeBlanc 

Shreveport, LA 

Chaw-Jlln Lee 

Washington, D.C. 

Fredrick Lehman 

Walnut Creek, OH 

Pavel T. Lesho 

Weirton, WV 

Midnight, Matriculation Day, a tight 
mass of sweating bodies is packed in the 
center of Cocice Hall. The class of 1 99 1 is 
about to be given their sole privilege. With 
somewhat less than eager anticipation, all 
eyes are focuses on eleven somber faces 
that ring the platform above the mass. As 
blinding lights glow in their faces, the Rat 
Council president selects one from the 
mass as his personal specimen. This unfor- 
tunate individual is brought before the 
mass and is subjugated to a crude and 
seemingly unjust privilege, the strain. For 
the next year, the Rats shall emulate the 
specimen until that moment of mercy 
when the first class breaks the Rat Mass 

Quite simply, the strain is a rigid form 
of attention, and more. The proper posi- 

A Rat's ONLY Privilege 

tion of strain envolves first the arms to be 
tightly packed to the sides and then the 
shoulders must be pulled back as far as 
possible. Pro strainers can hold coins be- 
tween their shoulder blades. Finally, the 
chin must be planted downward as far as 
possible and the head must be brought up 
to a ninety degree angle creating several 
creased chins. When the strain is properly 
performed and duration is acheived, se- 
vere muscle spasms of the neck, back, 
arms, and shoulders can be derived for 
maximum excruiation and substantial mo- 
tivation in becoming a very squared away 

Rats are required to strain most every- 
where in barracks and in ranks. As Rats 
walk through barracks, they must walk a 
"Rat Line." The Rat Line is a trail with 

several corners that must be squared that 
runs throughout barracks. The only safe 
havens for Rats are their rooms and their 
dyke's rooms. In these sanctuaries. Rats 
can relax. Otherwise, the Rat must face 
life on the stoops in the "Rack it it!" 

Because straining is a privilege, Rats are 
encouraged to use their privilege very lib- 
erally. Penalties for not straining range 
from ten to twenty Rat Tours and many 
hours of flaming. 

Though straining is inherently silly and 
upsurd in appearance, every Rat realizes 
that every single VMI man before him has 
had to endure the same misfortune that he 
is going through now. This realization 
keeps Rat motivation high. 

292 Fourth Class 


Left to right: Instructed on the "straining" position. 
The Rat Council president, Steve Neary, administers 
"justice" to all Rats that fail to use their privilege. 
Mr. Kay; "Get it in!". David Beard attracts attention 
from Mike Leeney and John Scarpino. Mike Milner; 
"There's no place like home. There's no place like 
home!". Peter Brindley; "finning". William McKay; 
"Chillin' Out". Tate Jackson; inspected by Steve 

Fourth Class 293 

Joe Levine 

Roanoke, VA 

Alan H. Levy 

Annandale, VA 

Scott Lewis 

Manassas. VA 

Anthony Lonsdale 

Seattle. WA 

James A. Lough 

Salem, VA 

Frank Louthan 

Atlanta. GA 

Craig Mack 

Spokane, WA 

Patrick Madigan 

Crozet. VA 

\\ David Manning 

Pme Mountain, GA 

Brain Market 

Dumont, NJ 

Anthony Marro 

llion, NY 

Hcjnze Martin 

Somewhere, USA 

John Martin 

Virginia Beach, VA 

Justin Martin 

Virginia Beach, VA 

Michael Martin 

Aflon, VA 

"AAAAAAAAARRRRGGG!" Picture over 250 bald head- 
ed, crazy madmen running around with their hands up in the air 
and dressed in the tackiest athletic clothing ever designed. The 
event was a stoop run. 

In this stoop run, the Rat Mass was ordered to be out on the 
second and third stoops at 1545 hrs. At this time, music was 
blasted throughout the barracks and the mass ran around the 
stoop with their hands held high and screaming at the tops of 
their lungs. While making their way around the stoop, motivated 
upperclassmen gave the Rats high-fives and splashes of cool 
water in order to encourage the weaker Rats. 

Suddenly, the music stopped and a makeshift sweat party 
began. Rats churned out several sets of push-ups and other greul- 
ing exercises before the music started and the whole process was 
started and stopped again, again and again. 

Above; "Hey Rats! Get off my stoopi!" 
Right: "Halleluahl 1 have seen the light!" 


294 Fourth Class 


Donovan McCaulev 
Hillsborough, NC ' 
William M. McClary 
Scotch Plains, NJ 
James McClellan 
Springfield, VA 
Richard .McCormack IV 
\sheville, NC 
Thomas McCrarv II! 
Falls Church, VA 

William McKay 
Si Paul, OR 
Paul McKinney 
Pinole, CA 
C.A. McLean 
Deale, MD 
Richard McMinn 
Powhatan, VA 
Matthew McQuinley 
Aurora, IL 

Brian McReynolds 
Beaverdam, VA 
William McSorley 
Ouantico, VA 
Matthew Metheney 
Morgantown, WV 
Robert Miller 
Oscoda, .MI 
Jon .Milner 
Medford, NJ 

Michael Milner 
Newport News, VA 
John Mistr 
Winchester, VA 
Frank Mulcahy 
New Monmouth, NJ 
Michael Munno 
Bergenfield, NJ 
Edwin Murphy III 
Portsmouth, VA 

NAME: Richard Greg Kapi'o o ka lani ke a nu'e nu'e 



Dancing hula has brought me much closer to my culture and 
has given me a stronger pride for my culture. By dancing as my 
ancestors did, I have developed a positive attitude towards life. 
Not only has dancing given me a different insight to life, but it 
has taken me to many parts in the South Pacific where I 
realized how strong the Polynesian culture really is. The Mao- 
ri's in New Zealand, Samoans in Samoa, and the Tahitians in 
Tahiti. Traveling around the South Pacific, dancing, and 
learning more about my own culture, has broadened my mind 
on life and how to deal with it. From the stressful of situations 
to the most enjoyable ones, my cultural values have helped 
lead the way in achieving my goals. I am very proud of my 
culture, and will cherish it the rest of my life! 

Rich says: "Ka ikaika o ka mana" o me ke kino" (Be strong in mind and body). 


Fourth Class 295 


Laryy Murray Jr. 

Farmington, MN 

Mike Naifeh 

Dumfries. VA 

Angel Nazario 

Perry' Poinl. MD 

Cuong Nguyen 

Richmond, VA 

Robert Nickel 

Glenshaw. PA 

Tim Nolan 

Weslfield. NJ 

Christopher Nunn 

Danville, VA 

Eric Odin 

McLean, VA 

Frederick Oldfather 

Elkhart, IN 

William Orlov 

Carlisle, PA 

Curtis Osborne 

Monroe. NC 

Rufus Owen III 

Alton, VA 

Ju-Chi Pan 

Washington, DC. 

Michael Parnell 

Hampton. VA 

Hans Peeders 

Enumclaw. WA 

Jeff Pence 

Midlothian, VA 

Timothy Pennington 

Lebanon, OH 

Matthew Perkins 

McLean, VA 

David Peters 

Lexington. VA 

George Petty III 

Nunnlly. TN 

Golf Company Rats, Daniel Huang, 
Cameron Stone, and Patrick Madigan 
work diligently on their company spirit 
sheet entitled, "Body by Cadre." 

An annual custom of VMI envolves 
company spirit sheets. By organizing, de- 
signing, and fashioning spirit sheets. Rats 
are able to gain unity through cooperation 
while bolstering company pride and sup- 
porting the Keydet football team. 

The process of making and posting the 
spirit sheet is started by a gentle kick in 
the seat by Cadre. Soon, Rats are seen 
going from room to room collecting bed 
sheets and money. While some Rats design 
the sheet, others sew the bed sheets togeth- 
er. Volunteers use paint from the book- 
store to paint the sheet. When the sheet is 
completed, it is hung behind Cocke Hall so 
it can be seen from Alumni Field. 

296 Fourth Cla 

Michael Pcvato 
England, AFB, LA 
Thanakorn Pheeraphan 
Thai Embassy 
C.W. Philips 
Atlanta. GA 
Robin Pitaniello 
Lynchburg. VA 
Craig Preston 

James B, Pugei 
Geneva, OH 
Wayne Purcell 
Blacksburg. VA 
Richard Radonis 
East Meadow. NY 
Russell RalTay 
Stanhope, VA 
David Raucher 
Rockville, MD 

Paul Recrostio 
Pittsburg, PA 
Joseph Rioux VT 
Toms River, NJ 
Timothy Roberts 
Richmond, VA 
Michael Robertson 
Annandale. VA 
Michael Robichaud 
Verona, NJ 

The biggest boost to a new cadet's mo- 
rale comes during Hops weekends. Ask 
any Rat what they miss most here at VMl 
and they will probably say. ahead of their 
parents, that a girl back home is holding 
their lonely heart. Rats may spend Friday 
night and all day Saturday with their 
dates; dinner uptown, relaxing at Goshen, 
and partying it up at one of Lexington's 
fine hotels are big favorites. 

Far left: Some of the dates had more fun than the 
Rats! Above: New cadets reminisce in the lounge at 
Hops. Left: Dan Buckley and "wife". Alexandria 
Kalof. enjoy some precious moments together. 

Fourth Class 297 


Daniel Robinson 

Springfield, \'A 

Waller Rogers 

Richmond, \'A 

Robert Roland 

Richmond, \'A 

Gary Rose 

Gordonsville, VA 

C. Ross 

Chester, NY 

JelT Rudolph 

Middlclown, VA 

Tonv Rule 

Milton, WV 

Mark Rumph 

Augusta, GA 

Kevin Rumsey 

Camp Springs, MD 

Steve Rusher 

Richmond. VA 

Robert Rushing 

El Dorado, AR 

Gregorv Saukulak 

Bethlehem, PA 

Jerr> Sauntry 

Dumfries, VA 

Robert Sayegh 

Fair Lavsn, NJ 

Jonathan Schanke 

Reston, VA 

^ I 

This year, the Rat Council brought baci< a very popular form of 
recreation for the Rats, Rat Tours. Rats who receive penalties for 
various infractions participate twice a week. Rats will usually find 
themselves doing something different each week. The most re- 
quested are stoop-marching, grounds-keeping, and guarding the 
post's landmarks. Stoop-marching consists of a squad of ten Rats 
marching at frantic pace and reciting pertinent Rat Bible infor- 
mation. Cleaning the barracks is always a favorite of the Rats. 
Finally, as a service to tourists. Rats are ready and waiting to 
recite all information on the particular landmark that they guard 
entusiastically. The Rats had provided over 5000 hours of service! 

The Rats ■•merriK" march off their Rat Tour 

2')S Fourth Class 

Charles Schindler 
Virginia Beach, VA 
VV. Schmidt 
Hampstead. MD 
PhiHp Secrist 
Shenandoah, VA 
Christopher Serwinski 
Virginia Beach, VA 
Oscar Sessoms 
Richmond, VA 

Darin Schaffer 
Absecon, NJ 
Julio Shaik 
Rep of Panama 
James Sheeran 
Chantilly, VA 
Wade Shelden 
Richmond, VA 
Rodnev Shelton 
Manassas, VA 

John Shorter 
Camden, AL 
Robert Shults 
Marion, VA 
Aaron Sink 
Centreville, VA 
P. Sirsuth 
Washington, D.C. 
Bryan Smals 
Columbus. OH 

S. Smith 
Staunton. VA 
Scott Smith 
kenbndge. VA 
Timothv Smith 
Toledo.' OH 
William Smith 
Richmond. VA 
Denton Sisk 
Blountville. TN 

NAME: Brian Hooks 
HOMETOWN: Clinton, Tennessee 

Rat Brian Hooks of Band Company is a fine example of the 
many talented Rats in this year's mass. Hooks is an Air Force 
option. As a senior at Clinton High School, Hooks was first 
chair trumpet, all-state, and Band Captain. His high school 
was the smallest marching band in The Contest of Champions, 
the Super Bowl of marching contests. At the Contest of Cham- 
pions, the Clinton Dragons received their fifteenth consecutive 
superior rating. Hooks is the first from his school to attend 
VMI though he is trying to recruit others to come. He is 
handling and balancing the hardships of the Rat Line and the 
responsibilities of academics very well. Hooks plans to use a 
future degree in Electrical Engineering as a pilot in the Air 
Force or as a consultant in a corporation. 

Rat Brian Hooks taking care of responsibility number one. 

Fourth Class 299 


Brian Snider 

Cloverdalc. VA 

Bruce Soileau 

Orlando. FL 

Joseph Sokolowski 

Orlando. FL 

Malthew Sprouse 

Lovingslon. VA 

Walter Stewart 

LaGange. GA 

David Stirpe 

Liverpool, NY 

Brian Stone 

Memphis, TN 

Cameron Stone 

Richmond, VA 

David Stone 

Great Falls, VA 

Charles Story 

Lynchburg. VA 

Robert Strange 

Burke. VA 

Craig Streeter 

APO New York 

Charles Stringer 

Marion. VA 

Richard Sutton 

Manassas. VA 

Shaun Tancheff 

Owalonna, MN 

Thomas Tarkenton 

Glen Allen. VA 

James Tavenner 

Oaks. PA 

Steven Thoma 

New Orleans. LA 

Thomas Heffern 

Reva. VA 

Charles Thompson 

Manassas. VA 

Left to right; Steve Henry on the Milking M 
Tim Pennington struggles with the "O" course, Ch 
lie Co. battles with pugil sticks. 

.WO Fourth Class 

Douglas Thompson 
North Ta^well, VA 
Todd Thompson 
Stone Mountain. GA 
Franklin Thurston 
Richmond, VA 
Danthony Tillery 
Cheasapeake. VA 
Wai-Kin Tong 
Whiteslone, NY 

Kai Torkclson 
Ml Crawford, VA 
Robert Townend 
Lancaster, PA 
Stephen Tuck 
Colonial Heights, VA 
Christopher Turner 
Baltimore, MD 
Gcrardo Usi 
Lusby, MD 

Bryce Valentine 
Virginia Beach, VA 
Thomas Van Benschote 
Virginia Beach, VA 
Willaim Vanscoy 
Winchester, VA 
Rynold Varnado 
Decatur, GA 
Thomas Walton 
Montpelier, VA 

Hard Corps Rat Therapy 

Twice a week, all Rats not on permit, all 
duty, or MDRP, gear up in fatigue pants, 
combat boots, and gym dyke top to chal- 
lenge another segment of Rat Training. 
Rat Training is a facet of VMI that is 
unique from other military schools. 

Rat Training occupies military duty on 
Tuesdays and Thursdays. On these days 
Rats and Cadre participate in one of many 
courses. Courses are designed to strength- 
en Brother Rat Spirit, improve self-es- 
teem, and develope the physical stature of 
Rats. Examples of courses are: pugil 
sticks, various obstacle courses. Ranger 
Pit, Leadership Reaction Courses, and 
Rapelling. During each course. Rats are 
instructed in technique and are given the 
opportunity to watch upperclassmen per- 
form these techniques. Because Rat Train- 
ing is so popular and successful, its use as a 
means of motivating and shaping up Rats 
will be continued. 

Rat Bill McKay aggressively awaits Mr. Neary, the 
Rat Council President, in the Ranger Pit. 

Fourth Class 301 


Chung-Sun Wang 

Cherry Hill. N.I 

James Wanovich 

Library. P..\ 

Patrick Warner 

Lexington. VA 

Leonard Washington 

Washington. PA 

Chris Walkins 

Altamont, !L 

Kale Watkms 

Denton. \C 

Jonathon \\ atson 

Sterling. VA 

Jamie Weist 

Sedlev. VA 

Heath Wells 

McLean. VA 

Rodger Wells 

Mendham. NJ 


Whv did vou come to VML? 

"To become a confidant leader and 
well-educated, honorable man" 

Matt Perkins 

"1 wanted to become a part of a strong 
tradition while gaining a fine education 
and adding discipline to my life" 

"To have a feeling of acheivment and to 
become a confidant leader" ', 

Eric Hyde 

"To set myself apart from the corrupted 
world in which we exist" 


"I want to develop the values whic! 
VMI stands for — Honor, discipline, am 
devotion to dutv" 

Dan Huang 
'I want to wear the ring" 

Todd Thompson 



Worst Flame Session 

"Forty minutes before evening CCQ on 
the third stoop in the Fin position, holding 
a bent coat hanger behind my back while 
standing on my toes with my knees bent. 
All of this happening while at least twenty 
blood-thirsty thirds grill me with spite and 
spit, just for not knowing breakfast. It 
doesn't help that I have grey blouse and 
woolies on either." 

Rank Lirst CI 

WiUiam Coleman III 
Chris Loret 
Joe Covey 
Peter Dillion 
Mike Jeffries 
Shannon Daly 
Lee Bewley 
John Gray 
Cam Stone 
Ray Krieser 
Andy Collier 
David Raucher 


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Brcnl Werlz 
Tampa, FL 
Christopher West 
Gloucester Point, VA 
Lynn Whitacre 
Gore, VA 
Jeffrey White 
Springfield, VA 
Fred Wilhelm 
Woodbridge, VA 

David Williams 
Hcrndon, VA 
Michael Williams 
Dayton, OH 
Richard Williams 
Kailua, HI 
Richard M. Williams 
Kingston, PA 
Scott Williams 
Alberta, VA 

W. Witham 
Richmond, VA 
Barry Witt 
Lynchburg, VA 
Patrick Womack 
Vinton, VA 
John Woodfin 
Richmond, VA 
H. Wilson Woodhouse 
Norfolk, VA 

Nevin Woodside 
Pittsburg, VA 
Chris Wyatt 
Wytheville, VA 
Douglas Ycabower 
Front Roval, VA 
Hsiao-Pin Yu 
Washington, D.C. 
■ Mattew Zahorsky 
Allenwood, NJ 

NAME; Tim Nolan 
HOMETOWN: Westfield, NJ 

Tim Nolan represents the Rat Mass on the lacrosse field. A 
native of New Jersey, Tim Started his career back in fourth 
grade. His last two years of high school lacrosse proved very 
productive as his team at Weastfield High won two sucessive 
state championships. In his senior year he was named an All- 
American and 1st Team All-State in New Jersey. "In season. 
Lacrosse is my life; everything else takes a back seat." 

Tim really misses the freedoms that were offered back 
home, especially his music. To remedy this, Tim finds a tran- 
quil haven in his Dyke's room where English New Wave can 
be enjoyed in peace. Ifs not all that bad says Tim though. "If I 
would've gone to another school, my grades would be hurting!" 

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Broadening Horizons 

The VMI experience is a multi-faceted one, one whose goal is to 
produce an individual that is well-prepared and well-rounded. A 
cadet at VMI endures hardship, a military way of life, and a strenu- 
ous academic program designed to enable him to be a success in life, 
in whatever career field he may choose. This entire experience would 
not be complete if a cadet concentrated solely on one single aspect of 
VMI. Thus, extracurricular activities are an integral part of VMI, as 
at any other normal school. . 

Cadets at VMI come from various backgrounds and geographical 
locations, and with any such group of people, there are widely varied 
interests and hobbies. Cadets are no different. At VMI, there are a 
large number of organizations in which cadets may participate. 
There are curriculum related groups, such as the engineering and 
physics groups, along with military organizations and special interest 
groups, such as the Rock Climbing Club and the Civil War Roundta- 
ble. There are also religious groups, along with the Promaji Club, an 
organization which promotes better race relations within the corps. 
Many of these organizations serve a direct purpose or provide a 
service for cadets, such as the VMI Theater, the Glee Club, and The 
VMI Cadet , the cadet newspaper. 

Regardless of the organization in which a cadet is involved, these 
groups provide cadets at VMI an oppor- 
tunity to participate in an activity that 
they enjoy or perform a service for the 
corps. This opportunity provides cadets 
with a chance to gain varied experience 
and to broaden their horizons. Organi- 
zations at VMI are a vital part of a 
cadet's education. 

The VMI Glee Club 

Celebrating 50 Years 


The Glee Club, emerging into its fif- 
tieth year, is the only vocal entertaining 
group to consistantly bless the walls of 
VMI, and has certainly stood the test of 
time. In its early days the Glee Club 
was in big demand throughout the east- 
ern United States and this promoted 
the growth of the club to a roll of eighty 
voices and more. These men were dedi- 
cated enough to stick with the growing 
club, and their hard work paid off. 
More trips to more places came as a 
result. After a period of time, the Glee 
Club traveled so much that academics 
tended to suffer. Also, more organiza- 
tions formed, causing a loss of interest. 
As a result, the club diminished. 

Now the Glee Club has begun a 
backswing, reverting back to the club it 
was in its heyday. It will take a few 
years, but with the new repertoire of 
more a cappella three — and four-part 
songs, they are starting fresh. 

This year a transition took place, 
with a new director taking charge. Cap- 
tain John Hickox brought in the new 
era, replacing Lt. Col. Gansz. Captain 
Hickox arrives with twenty-two years of 
experience in the very popular Air 

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TOP PHOTO: Captain Hickox and Colonel Hammond rehearse the Glee Club in J.M. Hall against a traditiona 
V M I backdrop. The club is shown here learning a new piece early in the first semester. BOTTOM PHOTO: Clul 
Officers Pat McMahan, Paul Hicks, and Chad Taylor. 


Force Singing Sergeants. He is bringing 
with him the professional intensity 
which should be present in a group of 
men dedicated to singing, but with the 
realization that there is a need for pa- 
tience with young men who are strictly 
volunteers. By doing this, Cpt. Hickox 
has brought out a desire to excel by 
bringing new music and enthusiasm. 

These changes keep the "Glee Club- 
bers'" motivated. Captain Hickox came 
at the beginning of the year not really 
knowing what to expect, but due to the 
cooperation and generosity of Lt. Col. 
Gansz, Cpt. Hickox was able to make a 
smooth transition into the director's 

Another personnel change this year 
has been the addition of a faculty advi- 
sor to the club. Colonel Leroy Ham- 
mond, a Glee Club veteran himself, has 
delighted in aiding the progress of the 
group. He has rarely missed a rehears- 
al, and adds to the spirit with his own 
talent and insight. 

Cadet officers, elected at the end of 
last year, include President Paul Hicks, 
Vice-President Gera Miles, Secretary 
Pat McMahan, Treasurer Rob Miller, 
and Librarian Chad Taylor. 

This year, being the fiftieth anniver- 
sary, is a year strictly for rebuilding, to 
try to bring the present Glee Club back 
to the ways of the old, when it com- 
manded respect from the public sector 
and the Corps itself. 

TOP PHOTO: The new director of the VMI Glee 
Club, Captain John Hickox, combines years of 
professional experience with talented voices to 
produce a new sound in the style of the Old Corps 
Glee Clubs. BOTTOM PHOTO: The 1987-88 
Glee Club. 1st row: Col. Leroy Hammond. Facut 
ty Advisor. Slanfield Chien, Brian Albro. Matt 
Sprouse, Mike Lythgoe. Bruce English, Andrei 
Urtiew, Steve Costello. 2nd row: Frank Meccia 
William Caspar, Richard Baines, Marvin Her- 
baugh, Jeff Dick, William McSorley, Steven Fer 
razzano, Kai Torkelson. Richard Williams. Cpt 
John Hickox. Director. 3rd row: Paul Hicks, John 
Shorter. Pat McMahan, Chad Taylor. Todd Ear 
ly, Craig Dodson, Christian Daniels, Greg Booth 
Winn Phillips. John Cabell, Doug Henderson, 
Bruce Soileau, Jeff Covey, Chris Barnett. 

Organizations 309 

Religous Organizations 


Keeping The Faith 

Every Saturday and Sunday you can 
find cadets heading uptown and walking 
across post in coatee, on their way to the 
many churches in Lexington. While many 
cadets take advantage of permits allowing 
them to worship on their own, the majority 
participate in the many programs offered 
by the Chaplain's office through the Reli- 
gous Council. The Religous Council is in 
charge of coordinating the many groups 
and clubs devoted to spiritual welfare of 
Corps, and providing other outlets for ca- 
dets whose religous faith requires them to 
go outside what is offered here in Lexing- 
ton in order to follow their faith. 

There are many organizations who tai- 
lor to one faith, while others are designed 
to encompass all of the various christain 
denominations. Among the denomination- 
al clubs is the Baptist Student Union, 
Luthern Student Union, The Cantebary 
Club for Anglicans, and the Newman 
Club for Catholics. Other clubs such as 
the Fellowship of Christain Athletes and 
the Officer's Christain Fellowship encom- 
pass all the various denominations. 

The driving force behind the various re- 
ligous activities is the Chaplain, Chaplain 
Caudill. The Chaplain always goes above 
and beyond his call of duty to help cadets 
with a broad range of problems, whether 
they be personal, administrative or spiritu^ 
al. Ask any cadet who the Corps trusts and 
respects the most, and the answer is always 
Chaplain Caudill. 

ABOVE. Col. Hammond leads a meetingof the Offi- 
cer's Christain Fellowship. Col. Hammond began 
VMl's chapter of the O.C.F. when he came to VMI 
three years ago. RIGHT, The Baptist Student Union 
meets every friday night at 1930. BELOW, The 
1987-88 Religous Council ~ (L to R) Steve Warren, 
COL. Peters, Chris Hall, Bobby Clark, CPT. Mon- 
cure, and Chaplain Caudill. 

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Organizations 311 


Hop and Floor Committee 

. . keeps the Corps hopping 

Ah. the VMI Hop and Floor Com- 
mittee. How else can a weary cadet be 
excused from parades, inspections, and 
other duty, and get free hop tickets, 
plus extra GP? What a bahgain! 

The Hop and Floor Committee is the 
select group of men who bring to the 
Corps five weekends of sheer delight 
each year. Homecoming Hops start off 
the repertoire and break the tension ac- 
cumulated after one month back at the 
I. Then Opening Hops remind us that 
ducks shall soon be gone and winter is 
approaching. Midwinter Hops brighten 
dreary Dark Ages for everyone, and 
Easter Hops find the Corps reborn after 
a long winter, feeling refreshed and 
ready for the countdown until the end 
of the year. Finally, Finals Hop, appro- 
priately named, lets the graduating 
First Classmen twist, shout, and gator 
one last time before kicking up their 
heels at graduation. 

Keeping with the Flop and Whore 

excuse me. Hop and Floor tradi- 
tion, this year's committee decked 
Cocke Hall with Old Red, White and 
Yellow, and for Opening Hops even 
joined with the NROTC department to 
give us a Navy/Marine Formal, com- 
plete with parachutes on the ceiling. 
(Parachutes?!) And to the utter delight 
of the Corps, the fabulous, world-re- 
nown Waller Family even blessed us 
with boisterous boogie and skin-tight 

Under the infinitely wise leadership 
of Brad Adams, the committee provid- 
ed the Corps of Cadets with good, old- 
fashioned, ail-American fun in a taste- 
ful atmosphere. Thank you. Hop and 
Floor for letting us dance the nights 
away (at least until midnight — after 
that the thanks must go to Econo- 
Lodge and Days Inn, as well as Ortho 
brand orthopedic matresses). 

ABOVE LEFT: The 87-88 Hop and Floor CommiUee, (1 to 
r) 1st row: Bob Clay. Tom Infantino, Matt Gallagher. Bill 
(rone. Drew Barrends. Brad Adams. Pete Catalano. 2nd 
row: Jim Cox, Steve Linder, Rob Clark, Tom Reilly, Angcio 
Biviano. Andy Kvasnicka, Kelly Musick. Joey Swink, Har- 
old Wyatt, John Davis. Sean Halberg. Tim Spence. Brad 
.Adams appears duly fatigued after slaving away. LEFT 
PHOTO: It's a veritable gator-fest at Homecoming Hops 
What are all those girls doing on their backs'! It looks 
like Trace West is trying to encourage two young vixens to 
join him on the floor. ABOVE: Rat John Shorter and girl- 
friend watch the band as First Classman Frank Musarr:i 
relives the disco era Freak out!!! 

Cadet Program Board 

Keeping The Corps Entertained 

The Cadet Program Board is the road 
between V.M.I. Cadets and other school's 
functions. The C.P.B. takes care of the 
cadet recreation building, Lejeune Hall, 
by buying its magazines and newspapers, 
operating the t.v. room and showing mov- 
ies on the large screen. The Cadet Pro- 
gram Board also goes to functions twice a 
year to meet the heads of social commit- 
ties at other area colleges. The members of 
the C.P.B. get together with these social 
committee representatives and work out a 
social function calander. The C.P.B. 
writes up permits and gets the O.K. for 
such functions as well as organizing those 
of their own. 

The C.P.B. is also in charge of schedual- 
ing speakers, comedians and homecoming. 
The members of the C.P.B. also sit in on 
the appropriations board as cadet repre- 

senatives. The newest project of the C.P.B. 
is the setting up of a video cassette library. 
This library entails new VCRs and other 
forms of movie entertainment free of cost 
for cadets. By next year 50 top of the line 
movies should be available as well as ma- 
chines to play them on. The senior mem- 
bers of the 1988 CPB are Jim Mumma 
president, Tom Shadle treasurer, Kevin 
Boyum secretary, and Michael McGraw 
vice president. 

(right) The Playboy Adviser, James R. Petersen, ex- 
plains how the sex life of V.M.I, cadets is quite 
different from that of normal college students, (be- 
low) Second Classmen Brian Duffy and Kevin 
Boyum enjoy the Zollomons Party with two Young 


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(above) Third classman Mark Dick proclaims his 
grief that his date was not selected homecoming 
queen, (left) Mike McGraw, Jim Mumma, Greg 
Skinner, Jack Toepfer. Tom Shadle, .Andy 
Mc.'XIIister. Matt Schwarzmann, Kevin Boyum. 
Tim Finkler and Tim Spence. 

Organizations 313 

Civil War Round Table 

Recreating Past Battles 

The VMI Civil War Round Table, as 
the name suggests, is a group of cadets 
with a more than average interest in the 
Civil War. Most Civil War Round Tables 
are merely discussion groups that deal 
with certain points of specific history dur- 
ing the war. 

VMFs Round Table, however, is differ- 
ent. They are one unit in one of the fastest 
growing hobbies in the nation: Civil War 
reenacting. The hobby has grown of late 
because the period from 1986 to 1991 is 
the 125th anniversary of the Civil War 
years. In the past year. VMI's unit has 
participated in the 125th commemorative 
battles of Ball's Bluff, Manassas, Shiloh. 
and Sharpsburg. 

The VMI Civil War Round Table has 
the distinction of being the only totally 
school-supported unit. It takes approxi- 
mately $1000 to completely outfit the 
group. The VMI cadets have the reputa- 
tion in the reenacting circles for excellent 
drill and discipline, while also being able 
to perform the morning after wild noctur- 
nal gallavanting and debauchery. In the 
coming year, our boys hope to acquire 
more authentic uniforms in order to make 
a good showing at the Gettysburg mega 
event, where approximately 8,000 to 
12,000 participants are expected. And of 
course the Round Table will play an im- 
portant role in the reenactment of the Bat- 
tle of New Market in the year of our ses- 
quicentennial. 1989. To quote a recent 
reenactment publication; "Perhaps the 
one thing which has changed the most in 
reenacting is the amount of emphasis 
placed on historic accuracy , . . each unit 

and individual must decide how much 
time, effort, money, and convenience they 
are willing to sacrifice in the name of his- 
toric accuracy." This is the goal of VMTs 
group: to portray the VMI Civil War era 
cadets as accurately as possible. 

At present the VMI unit is capable of 
depicting VMI cadets in both their com- 
mon wartime roles: as cadets on temporary 
duty in time of need, or as cadets who have 
left the school to join up and fight. Histori- 
cally, such cadets wore a variety of uni- 
forms — cadets who left to enlist wore 
their school uniform, a line uniform, or 
clothes from home. Cadets on temporary 
duty sometimes wore mixed or non-uni- 
form items due to the cost of the school 
uniforms. As of now, the VMI Round Ta- 
ble wears a mix of cadet and local issue 
uniforms: uniforms which are authentic 
and historically accurate for wartime VMI 

The VMI Civil War Round Table con- 
sists of about twenty-three active mem- 
bers, who are led by first classman Guy 
Gormley. The club's faculty advisor is 
Captain Harold Willcockson. 

the Admiral," surveys the battle. 

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ABOVE PHOTO: The VMI representatives pose at 

the Conlederate camp at Antietem, Maryland. 

(I to r) 1st row; Paul Hicks, Paul Brayden, Marc 

Litllecott. Chris Dixon. 2nd row; Mike Peveto. Jim 

Kilbourne, Steve Fitton, Guy Gormely. 

TOP RIGHT: Marc Littlecott dons the duds of a 

damn Yankee . . You traitor! 

RIGHT: Our own boys prepare to charge into the 

fierce mele against the evil North, only to become 

cannon fodder. Hail-O Infantry! (Does this mean 

that Hicks is the Queen of Battle?) 

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Organizations 315 


Arnold Air Society 

Into the Wild Blue Yonder 

The Arnold Air Society at VMI is one 
of the many squadrons in a national orga- 
nization consisting of AFROTC cadets. 
VMTs Jefferson Scott Dodson squadron 
gives air force cadets an oppurtunity to 
participate in air force related activities 
and socail projects — cadets participate in 
food drives, conventions in Boston and 
New Jersey, projects for the needy, and 
projects supporting the junior ROTC in 
high schools. 

One of the main goals of the AAS this 
year was to support the community of Lex- 
ington and, on a national level, POW- 
/MIA awareness. An effort to bring about 
POW/MIA awareness was spearheaded 
by the distribution of bracelets that have 
the name of a military person still missing 
in action in Southeast Asia. Also included 
on the bracelet is the date missing, and if 
shot down, the location, as well as the 
hometown of the person. 

A project that deserves recognition is 
the rebuilding and winterizing of a house 
for an ederly Lexington man, Mr Baine. 

Pipes were insulated, windows sealed, 
grass cut, branches and shrubbery re- 
moved, and a broken floor repaired. Old, 
unwanted furniture and appliances were 
removed and hauled to a dump. Had it not 
been for the AAS, Mr. Baine may not 
have survived the winter season. 

The highlight of the year, kind of a re- 
ward for a hard year's work, is the national 
convention, Boscon. After intense prepa- 
rations for funding and transportation, as 
well as a 15 man sabre arch to preform, 
cadets go for 5 days and meet with other 
AFROTC cadets and Angel Flight mem- 
bers from around the world. 

This year's squadron had over 50 mem- 
bers. It was run by 1st classman Neal Cu- 
liner, a pilot candidate from Richmond. 
The deputy commander was 1st Classman 
Rob Sawyer. The Faculty Adviser was 
Captain Joe Udemi. 

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ABOVE, Second Classman Mike Sullivan enjoys one 
of the fringe benifits of being an pilot: young vixens. 

LEFT, The 1987-88 Arnold Air Society. BELOW, 
AAS president Neal Culiner tries out an F-16 flight 
siulalor during an AAS feild trip. BOTTOM, An air 
force A- 10. affectionately known as the "Warthog", 
gives a demonstration of its awesome tank busting 
30mm cannon. 


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Cadet Battery 


The guns sit loaded. Cadets in coatees 
await the order for which they all have 
been primed. As the regimental band 
starts a song in honor of a special visitor or 
event. Cadet Michael Humes points to the 
first cannon which, with the yank of a 
lanyard, lets loose with a resounding 
BOOM. Following the initial shot, the Ca- 
det Battery displays a well rehearsed per- 
formance, loading and firing the howitzers 
every twenty seconds. Much time is devot- 
ed to practicing for a salute that lasts only 
a couple of minutes for a few select pa- 
rades each year, when they shall serve the 
Corps to their utmost abilities. 

For several days prior to the parade, the 

crews of the four cannon practice. They 
rehearse the procedure for loading and fir- 
ing continuously. They also try to antici- 
pate any emergencies that occur, including 
perhaps a duo round, bad "primer", or a 
destroyed firing pin. Each of these emer- 
gencies has a different remedy and reac- 
tion, and under the supervision of advisor 
Captain Robert Trower, each action is 
learned by the different Battery crews. 

So next time you happen to attend a 
parade review at which there will be a 
person honored, don't be surprised to hear 
a thundering nineteen or twenty-one gun 
salute expertly executed by the VMI Ca- 
det Battery. 

ABOVE: Old and new .the old Civil War cannon 
"John" seems venerable and quiet ne.\t to the modern 
howitzer aun. 

LEFT PHOTO: The 1987-88 VMI Cadet Battery (I 
to r) 1st row: Andy Weening , Calvin Anderson , 
Dave Baker , Bill .Madison . Hank .Amato . 
2nd row: Tim Sullivan . Bill Wong . Dave Gibbings . 
Doug Wishart , Brian Sholto . Mike Humes , Ray 
Marsh . 

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Organizations 317 

VMI Theatre 

Curtain Call 

The VMI Theatre is a non-profit orga- 
nization which stays alive due to the ticket 
sales made off of each production, and 
through contributions from the Cadet Ac- 
tivities Board. There are usually two pro- 
ductions a year, one in the Fall, and one in 
the Spring. Plays this academic year in- 
cluded the drama "Ordinary People" in 
the Fall of '87, and the musical "Oklaho- 
ma" in the Spring of "88. Also produced 
this year was a humorous performance in 
the spirit of Valentine's Day entitled "The 
Lighter Side of Courtship and Marriage". 
This was a blend of short skits and plays 
which the members of the theatre had al- 
ways wanted to do, but never had the time 
to work on. The VMI Theatre is run main- 
ly by cadets, who are included in the staff, 
which is also made up of performers from 
local colleges, high schools, and residents 
of Lexington and surrounding areas. 

ABOVE, Sean Evans and Jim Stepnowski rehearse a 
scene from Ordinary People. RIGHT, the Theatre 
Staff, (L to R), Joellen Bland, Jeff Milican. Shawn 
Evans, Brian Woodford, Jim Stepnowski. 

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Rock Climbing Club 

Onward and Upward 

In the VMI Rock Climbing Club, cadets 
share, gain, and use knowledge of all as- 
pects of technical rock climbing and 
mountaineering while enforcing the high- 
est safety standards. 

The club's objectives are to learn and 
practice all major subject areas: climbing 
systems, safety hazards, conservation, 
equipment, knots, chock craft, rappelling, 
pilton craft, lead climbing, face climbing, 
ethics and style. Within the course of a 
year the club introduces all non-experi- 
enced climbers to the techniques of techni- 
cal rock climbing. The club works and 
trains at simulated rock climbing areas 
that prepare members for actual climbing 
situations. In addition the club plans trips 
and climbs of basic types that the club can 
accomplish in the area. 

The club is now three years old. It was 
began during the 1986 school year by 
Mark Snedecor, now a first classmen. 
Hopefully the club will continue to grow 
and be able to provide cadets a chance to 

The 1987-88 Rock Climbing Club, (L to R) Ray 
Garey. Hugh Brien, Mark Snedecor. President, 
Gregg Connor, Jim Anderson. 

participate in this unique and challenging 

Ray Garey. BELOW, and Hugh Brcin, RIGHT, 
tackle cliffs on their tuesday and thursday after- 
noons. It took alot of time and training befors either 
of these climbers could actually go out and climb a 
rock formation. 

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Organizations 319 


We Got The Beat 

The VMI Commanders 

Besides the normal duties of being a 
VMI man, the VMI Commanderss have 
shown incredible talent and devotion to 
the art of making music. The Commanders 
have become a permanent fixture of VMI 
and has had the talents of many fine musi- 
cians in its existence. 

Each year brings a different band of 
cadets together from within the corps cret- 
ing the performing stage band which has 
provided quality entertainment on and off 
post, in and out of the state of Virginia 
since 1919. In the past four years the 
group has performed for various alumni 
reunions. Parents Weekend festivities, the 
Fing Figures of "86, '87, and "88, dances 
held uptown, and "Dads and Daughters" 
dances for Hood College in Maryland. 
This year has brought back some of the 
versatility and outside exposure to the 
group. Aside from the Institute Society 
Dinner's dance held in Moody Hall, the 

group has contracted several off post per- 

At a time when cadets typically gripe 
and complain of little time and freedom, 
the men in the VMI Commanders have 
shown exemplary dedication to a cause 
that they believe in and an organization 
they enjoy. It feels good to know thay you 
have been successful in providing a good 
time for others and yourself as you instill a 
sense of pride in your accomplishment. 

Congratulations to the men of the VMI 
Commanders for a successful year, and a 
job well done ... or any job you would like 
for us to do " — will travel!" 

(above) Dabney Coleman VMI '56, Rob Canlanio 
President. Charlie Richardson. Matt Wauben, Dan 
Robinson, Mike Ferguson, Mark Litllecott, Bill 
Wong. Steve Waters, Pete Heisey, Chris Whittaker, 
Mark McSwain. Jason Dudjay, Steve Costello, Steve 
Vasquez, Steve Nezas, Chip Chenery. (above right) 
First Classman Charlie Richardson rocks and rolls 
during a practice session. First Classman Bill Wong 
jazzes out in J.M. Hall. 

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Building Relations At The "I 


The Promaji Club 


(above) Tim West, Mark Bristol, Kevin Washington, 
Jim Weatherford, Calvin Williams President, Steven 
Dorsey, Jim Stewart, Pete McCrary, Martin Castillo, 
James Wright, Sheldon Davis, Oscar Williams, Mike 
Clegg, Lennon Mings, Damon Williams, Arturo 
Johnson, Ramon Williams, Mark Cager, Ricky 
Mears, Turner Mebane, Rob White, Anthony Mcin- 
tosh, Joe France, Charles Ellis, Greg Clifton, Mi- 
chael Williams, Donny Roberts, Gerry Ernst, Greg 
Fittz John Parrot, Renard Johnson. 

The VMI Promaji Club was founded in 
1972 by the first group of black cadets to 
matriculate in 1968. They came to the "I" 
during a time of great social unrest be- 
tween whites and blacks in America deter- 
mined to succeed. They felt the need to 
establish an organization that would cater 
to their needs and help the rest of the 
Corps understand their cultural differ- 
ences and simulatities. Thus, they founded 
Promaji, which is Swahili for "together- 
ness", with the help of Col. Buchanan and 
the Main Street First Babtist Church. 
Their goal was to provide an open line of 
rapport between the black cadets, the 
Corps, the administration, and the Lexing- 
ton Community through goodwill and fel- 

Today, the immediate objectives and 
goals of the Club have changed somewhat 
since its inception, but the basic principle 
on which it was founded still prevails, that 
is, to cater to the needs of the black cadet 
both culturally and socially. 

Organizations 321 

Association of the United States Army 

Army cadets go rolling along 

The Association of the United States 
Arms is a nationwide organization dedi- 
cated to the support of the the U.S. Army. 
The .Association maintains chapters 
around the world and has over 150,000 
members. The GOA George C. Marsha 
chapter is the official designation of 
V..V[.I."s chapter. 

Two years ago the chapter had less then 
15 members. Over the past two years the 
club's membership has jumped some 
500^. with most of the growth happening 
this year. .Along with this the chapter has 
become much more active. As of this writ- 
ing plans are in the works for trips to The 
Old Gaurd in Washington D.C., Aberdeen 
Proving Grounds, Md, the Pentagon, and 
Ft. Bragg, NC. 

The major annual function for the chap- 
ter is the sponsoring of a V.M.I, display at 
the A. U.S.A. national convention in 
Washington, D.C. This year's convention 
went extremely well. The display featured 
artifacts borrowed from the V.M.I, muse- 
um, including Gen. George S. Patton's 
famous helmet liner, and a sabre presented 
to Gen. Francis Smith by the Class of 
1842, V.M.I.'s first graduating class. The 
display was visited by the Secretary of the 
Army, the Sergeant Major of the Army, 
and the Chief of Staff. The cadets who 
went to the convention remained with the 
display to answer questions from passers 
by and represent the Institue at the many 
luncheons, receptions and dinners at the 
convention. The chapter also sponsored 
the travel of more than 45 cadets to the 
convention for day-long trips to see the 
many displays and informational centers 
at the convention. The cadets who went on 
the trip were exposed to many facets of the 
total army and many of the weapon sys- 
tems used by the army today and those 
that will be used in the future. 
The chapter was led this year by President 
Chris Clark, Vice-President Mike Beyer, 
Secretary Chris Crawford and Treasurer 
Jack Toepfer. The chapter's faculty advis- 
er is Sergeant Major McMichael. 

GROUP PHOTO: The 1987-88 VMI Chapter ol 
.AUSA. (1 to r) Isl row: Mike McGraw. ChrLs Craw- 
ford, Chris Clark. 2nd row: Kelly Musick, Brett 
Turner. Chris Huff. Dave Martin. Jim Pugel. 3rd 
row: Doug Wishart, Tom Tallcv. Rob Gudz. Paul 
Tallal-Kelpsa. TOP PHOTO: Brent Hashimoto al 
the .A USA Convention. VVashington. 

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The Few, The Proud, The Marines 

Semper Fi Society 

The Semper Fidelis Society is an organi- 
zation that promotes the Brotherhood of 
the Marine Corps. Semper Fi provides all 
those cadets with an interest in the Marine 
Corps the opportunity to participate in ac- 
tivities that promote that interest. Under 
the tutelge of the NROTC unit this orga- 
nization provides Marine option cadets the 
opportunity to hear lectures, participate in 
field trips and other activities that are re- 
lated to the Marine Corps primary mis- 
sion, Amphibious Warfare. 

Ok, so Semper Fidelis provides all these 
good opportunities to young, hard chargin' 
mean future Officers. But, what we all 
want to know is what kind of social activi- 
ties do they sponsor? Well, in the past 
Semper Fi has been known to sponsor a 
party or two. For instance, Ben Salem 

Wayside was the scene of one of these 
parties during the weekend of Opening 
Hops in conjunction with the Navy/Mar- 
ine Corps Birthday celebration. 

The VMI chapter of the Semper Fidelis 
Society is a active and integral part of life 
here at VMI. It allows these future Ma- 
rines to share and develop the customs and 
traditions associated with being a Marine. 
VMI is well known throughout the Marine 
Corps, The Institute has a history of pro- 
ducing excellent officers. Among the 
names that are associated with VMI are 
"Chesty" Puller, Upshur, Lejeune, and 
Dabney to name a few. There are many 
alumni who have or are serving in the 

Marines from 8th and "I" perform for the Corps 
during the Battle Color ceremony. 

kTCl:VIS)I^T«i^ HV^QJi- C^- D^fAd - HU^^^IGHTS 

(Above)TheCommandingofricer of the Silent Drill Platoon passes in review. (Above right) The 1987-1988 Semper Fidelis Society, (front) J.J. Keppler, Lou 
Sigmon, John Wright. Col. Dabney. (2nd) Jeff Dixon, Martin Castillo. Dale Williams, J.J. Wanat. Scott Stahelek. Drew Mckone. Dave Sullivan. John Ryman 
Jim Wieking. (3rd) Mike Vitulano, Mark Arboneux, Charles Nelson, Mark Doyle, Chris Starling. Chris Goff. Wayne Sinclair. (4th) Jim Tuemler, Steve 
Morris, Bob Hildebrand. Chris Long, Mike Seyffert, Bill Mitchell, Matt St.Clair, Bill Arnold, Tim McGlaughlin. Joe Grealish, John Paul, Bob Lucas, Wayne 
Jones, Eric Buchanan. (6th) Joe Schmuckitelli. Bob Kneeling, Charles Ellis. Bill Bowers. John Schmoyer, Cal Lloyd.Matt Hemenez. 

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Treadheads Roll On 

Tanker Platoon 

This year has been quite confusing. 
Running a tank platoon without any tanks 
can be very frustrating at times. When the 
Army doesn't know how to handle a diffi- 
cult situation, they call it a "leadership 
challenge." However, the men in the pla- 
toon have been extremely cooperative in 
dealing with the situation. 

The year began as we loaded the five M- 
48A5 tanks on the railhead in Buena Vis- 
ta. Inventory of equipment was one of the 
major problems that the platoon had to 
complete so the tanks could be turned in. 
As the tanks slowly pulled away from the 
railhead, something in each one of us died. 

The rest of the first semester witnessed 
the platoon studying the M-1 Abrams 
Main Battle Tank. The Tanker Platoon 
was instructed on all the characteristics of 
this truly impressive tank in preparation 
for a subsequent FTX at Fort Knox, Home 
of the Treadheads. The begining of the 
second semester saw an increase in the 
preparations for not only Fort Knox but. 
Fort Picket as well. The platoon under the 
command of Tom O'Buckley and John 
Stehn owe many thanks to those who sup- 
ported the platoons efforts. The platoon 
thanks Col. Harbach, Maj. Lindsay, and 
Msg. Corkran. 


(above) The 1988 VMI Tanker platoon, (front) John 
Stehn, Tom O'Buckley. (2nd) Scott Klion, Bob Clay, 
Andrew Mergens, Paul Tallat-Kalpsa, Jim Kiker, 
Brian Hatheway, Charles Ellis, (below right) In a 
scene Reminiscent of Gen. Fattens' drive through the 

Ardennes, the Tanker platoon lumbers towards its 
objective, (below left) An M-48A5 tank stands 
poised to move out in case of a sudden attack by 
Warsaw Pact forces on Hardbargers farm. Better 
yet. call for Artillery 

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Naval Aviators Society 

Hopeful pilots learn the business 

The Naval Aviators Society at VMI is 
open to cadets of ail service options. Its 
main body consists primarily of hopeful 
Naval Aviators to whom the Society offers 
an enhanced environment in which to 
learn more about the principles of naval 

Entertaining trips and key presentations 
by guest officers provide insight into all 
aspects of aviation in both the military and 
secular fields. Several trips are made each 
year — this year the Naval Aviators at- 
tended air shows at naval air stations 
where its members were given orientations 
on the Navy's most modern and sophisti- 
cated aircraft, as well as observing them in 

Hands-on demonstrations are also made 
available for the NAS members as the 
society travels to either Naval Air Station 
Pensicola or Naval Air Station Corpus 
Christi on an annual basis. Cadets get 
technical instruction combined with actual 
flight time in naval aircraft. The VMI Na- 
val Aviator cadets usually also have time 
for a little "liberty" at the air stations they 

The cadet club officers this year have 
been Frank Musarra, Phil Roberts, Al 
Cuellar, Jim Florio, and the Faculty Advi- 
sor, Lieutenant Michael Stone, USN. 



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TOP PHOTO: Lt, Stone poses for j moment with cadets Gudz 
•ind Hover in front of the Marine Corps' AV-8 Harrier. LEFT 
PHOTO: Naval Aviators Society cadets with an F-14A. (I to r) 
f rank Musarra, Pat McMahan. Jeff Crist, C.J. Bodnar, Rob 
Gudz. Dave Clement, Sean Hoover, Rich Mehl, Carlos Fer- 
nandes, Doug Wishart. ABOVE PHOTO: Cadets Hoover, 
Mehl and Fernandes with an F-18, one of the famous Blue 

Organizations 325 

Join The Club 

The Number One Club 

Just the word Number One speaks for 
itself. Very few ever have the "privilege" 
of being included in this illustrious organi- 
zation, and fewer still are able to with- 
stand it's rigorous demands. Those who 
are able to make it through it's initiation 
period are stronger and harder men for it. 
They are the stuff legends are made of. As 
a matter of fact many legends have sprung 
forth from the club's membership, past 
and present. 

This year the club contains a diverse 
membership with almost every possible 
way of entering the club represented. I 
also believe our class has had the honor of 
surpassing our dykes' record of having the 
largest membership in the club's history. 
We have seen hard times and good times 
and we have made it through. Brothers, I 
salute you! 

Lance Pickering 


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'" liH 


That Will Be A 15-4-60 Mister! 

Offenses Committed 


1. Unauthorized party in concourse with a 
Virginia Gentleman. 

2. Unauthorized trip uptown to the Com- 
fort Inn on confinement. (No it was not 
worth it!) 


1. Assumed possession of sinful liquid in- 


1. Failure to recognize the existence of 
modern plumbing at a formal hop. 

2. Offering to help a "fellow cadet" to 
meet his destiny a few decades before his 

referee at the 


1. Failure to have a 

riot in Crozet Hall. 


1. Unauthorized cocktail party on the sec- 
ond stoop while a rat. 

2. Demonstrating self-defense techniques 
to a girl in front of Lejeune Hall. 

3. Unauthorized physical debate with 
Brother Rat at the Subway while in uni- 


1. Visiting with fair maiden while studying 
for exam in Mallory Hall. (Anheuser 
Busch Brewing Test) . . . After taps of 


1. Uninvited guest to Lexington's Police- 
mans Ball. 


1. Failure to invite Captain Detrich and 
his certified orderly Tracy P. to after taps 
woolie burning cocktails in room 402. 
Charlie Company Crew!! 


1 . Failure to inform two goobs in '87 that 
my girlfriend was ill. Boned for operating 
motor vehicle (not my own of course) in 
Rockbridge County. Thanks Monte and 
Brad . . . "ENJOY!" 


1. Being too much of a gentleman to date, 
and she not being enough of a lady, on 
post. Result: Ultimate phone-a-bone, 
"Contact your local college Dean" 


1. Breaking the rules. 

1. Unauthorized beating and bleeding on 
First Classman ('87 of course) at Mary 
Baldwin College Social Event. Convicted 
by Naff and Staff. Parolled by the Gover- 


1. Unauthorized "Wheels" uptown. Con- 
demned by the infamous Captain Patch- 

JOHN SCARPINO The Anti-Christ 

1. Unauthorized introduction of explosives 
on the fourth stoop for the purpose of kill- 
ing rats. 

2. Unauthorized beer run to Safeway, in 
an unauthorized automobile while Captain 
Wilcockson was shopping in civilian 
clothes. "Be in my office on Monday!" 

3. Conduct unbecoming of a cadet lieuten- 
ant. I.E. Hazing a worthless worm of a rat 
tie. An Anti-Christ is born. Thanks Sam! 

TOM MUNNO Long Island 
1. Failure to invite Captain Dietrich and 
Tracy P. to after taps woolie burning cock- 
tails in room 402. I hate you Tracy . . . 
Charlie Company Crew!! 


1. Failure to properly conceal unautho- 
rized vehicle uptown — or at least conceal 
the traceable licence plate. 


1. Destruction of Institute property while 
intoxicated. Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini 
Imitation on room 454 door window pane. 
Windows get knocked out onto the court- 
yard, but wins on a technicality as Captain 
Jones declares a no contest. 

1. Kinda drunk and sorta disorderly in 
barracks attired casually as a civilian . . . 
Oh Well! 

TIMOTHY WEST "Manute Bol" 

1. Unauthorized Party during OCMNI at 

a W&L Frat while on Guard! 


1. Failure to invite Captain Detrich and 
his "Certified" orderly Tracy P. to after 
taps woolie burning cocktails in room 402 
. . . Charlie Company Crew!! 


1. (Member Emeritus) Unauthorized over 
consumption of evil demon water, unau- 
thorized protest of poor corp seating at 
Wahoo Arena. Unwelcomed illegal forced 
entry into presidents box at aforemen- 
tioned arena. Unappreciated Sparring 
Match with said president and honored 
guests. Ill-Advised close combat demon- 
stration with multiple law enforcement 
types while in uniform in a public place. 


1. Unauthorized motoring in county with 
insufficient blood in one's alcohol. 


1. Unauthorized Green Blob. 


Failure to offer the commandant a ride 

during second class year. 


1. Honorary Member. Refer to page 33. 

Director Of Admissions 

"And the list will 

Organizations 327 

International Club 

VMFs Newest Club 

The International Club, VMI's newest 
club, was founded in the spring of 1987 for 
the purpose of helping the Institute's many 
foreign cadets better understand their role 
as an intergal part of the Corps of Cadets. 
It was Lapthe C. Flora, class of 1987 and a 
native of Vietnam, who first recognized 
the need for such an organization within 
the framework of the Corps. He organized 
and brought into being the International 
Club to serve these needs. 

The membership of the club is made up 
of cadets from many nations and back- 
grounds. Some of the countries represent- 
ed in the club are the Republic of China 
(Taiwan), the United States, Thailand, 
Brazil, Korea, the Phillipines, and the 
Federal Republic of Germany. They came 
to VMI for many reasons. Some are here 
for personal reasons, many were sent by 
their respective governments as prepara- 
tions for future military careers. Whatever 
the reason, they have one thing in com- 
mon: a desire to help each other and share 
their cultures and experiences. 

The main objective of the club is to help 
promote the smooth transition of foreign 
cadets into both VMI and the United 

Second classman Yuh-Loong Tarng, RIGHT, and 
Rat Ju-Chi Pan, BELOW, hit it off with young ladies 
from the Randy-Mac International Club. The l.C. 
hopes to be able to make many more trips to local 
colleges in the coming year. 

328 Organizations 

States. For many of these cadets, their 
first experiences at the Institute were also 
their first experience in the States. Some 
of the problems facedthey face are culture 
shock, living away from family for an ex- 
tended period of time, language difficul- 
ties, different values and ideals, and just 
learning to accept a new and different en- 
viroment. The club works to solve, or at 
least alleviate, some of these difficulties. 
The club acheives its objectives through 
several means. American cadets and for- 
eign cadets already used to VMI life work 
to look out for the specail needs of rats 
from overseas. The club also sponsors trips 
to cultural events, ethnic restaurants, and 
the functions of other international clubs 
at nearby colleges. Some of the functions 
attended this year were the the celebration 
of the 75th anniversary of the founding of 
the Republic of China, a gathering of the 
Pan-American club at Randolph Macon 
Womens College, and a trip to Roanoke 
for cadets who could not have parents pre- 

sent at parents weekend. 

In short, VMTs International Club 
works to serve the many cadets at the In- 
stitute not native to the United States. 
These cadets experience many unique 
problems, and the club was created to help 
solve these problems. Although new to the 
Corps, the club hopes to continue to grow 
and better serve its members. 

Academic Clubs 

Outside The Classroom 

Cadets join the Academic Clubs so they 
can discuss the curriculum of their respec- 
tive fields, get field experience and meet 
with other schools to discuss how their 
fields differ and are similar. There exists a 
diversity of clubs at the Institute including 
the Cadet Investment Groups, the 
I.E.E.E., the Society of Physics Students 
A.S.C.E., A.S.M.E., Pre-Law Society, So- 
ciety of Young Economists and the En- 
glish Society. These groups play a vital 
role in the developement of academcic 
standards in their area of study. Though 
the groups are academically inclined, the 
members still find time to set up keg par- 
ties and picnics. The clubs also set up mov- 
ies and field trips to further interest the 
corps in their area of study. The clubs also 
assit the cadets by providing them with 
information concerning post-graduate 
schools, and help them set up interviews 
for possible jobs after graduation. 

English Society (Above) Robert Miller, Mike Cole- 
man. Daniel Wilson, David McGraw.John Schan- 
ke, Robert Kuhn, Martin Malloy, Samuel Miles, Mark 
Doyle, Maj. Baragona. IEEE (Above Left) Greg 
Hall, Greg Thomas.Tony Ammons,Bill Nixon, John 
Heslin,Andy Gillespie, Eric D'anna, William Rader- 
,Jeff Dixon, Dave Omtead, Scott Miller, Shane Pier- 
son, Mark Lamb, Matt Koloseike.Charles Richar- 
dons. Bob Pedigo.Alwyn Taylor.Troy Barbour,Dan 
McGrew, Steven Pearson, Robert Kolb,Carl Mitle- 
hener.Paul Tallat-Kelpsa.Matt Martin. Society of 
Physics Students (Below Left) Robert Cantanio, 
Pete Heisey,Mark Snedecor.Bradly Brodigan, Scott 
Mead, Robert Hill, Edward Dunnington. 

Organizations 329 

Serving Up Grub 

Cadet Waiters 

Each day. long before ten minute call 
sounds, many cadets have already started 
their day. No. not the Rats — the Cadet 
Waiters form up early each day to ensure 
the Corps is served a hot. delicious break- 
fast. They don their white ARA Food Ser- 
vies caps and Hip the palate-pleasing mor- 
sels of morning mush onto our waiting 
plates. Mmmmmm . . . what a way to start 
the day! (After a breakfast at Crozet, most 
cadets are prepared for anything the day 
has in store!) 

Cadet waiters can work either full time 
or part time. The chieftain of the waiters is 
First Classman Rob Sawyer. It is the job 
of this mess hall madman, among other 
duties, to seat the Corps at supper, and 
make sure every man and every Rat finds a 
comfortable place to dine. (Oh waiter, 
could we have a window seat, please?) 
These brave men must be given due credit 
for dragging themselves out of the warmth 
of their hays at ungodly hours, and sling 
our hash ... er, breakfast, and sacrifice 
DRC formation to help Club Crozet pro- 
vide a chic and scrumptious lunch. Thank 
you. Cadet Waiters — you men of forti- 
tude. What would we eat without you?! 

(Left) George Palomar reaches into the serving pan 
uhile trying to figure out what is in it. (below) Jeff 
Farleigh looks around to see if anyone has the cour- 
age to eat seconds at SRC. 

(above) Kevin Sullivan. Ike Matenopoulos, Steve 
Waters. Steve Champion. Bret Shepard, Scott Jones. 
Brent Selnau. Steve Rankine. Rob Davis. Li Jian 
Guang, (right) Steve Champion grits his teeth as he 
clutches the hot platters of gourmet A R .A soybean 

by-products bought at wholesale from Southern 
States warehouses. Steve's eyes sparkel with amaze- 
ment as they incode the images of refried barbecued 
chicken. Steve served the Corps well and we are 
thankful for his abilities in food service. 

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Dodge, Parry, Thrust 


Fencing is a very unique sport. It com- 
bines individual competition into a team 
effort, physical skills with mental strate- 
gies, and a certain finesse, which is unique 
to all sports, with an outright agressive- 
ness. This years team seemed to have all of 
these qualities, making it unique among 
other VMI teams of the past. 

The team has undergone a drastic revi- 
talization in the past few years. The cur- 
rent first classmen on the team have been 
able to watch this change, and see how the 
team has grown since they were Rats. This 
turnaround can be attributed to the hard 
work of its members and the dedication of 
its coach. Major Steven T. Tate. Thanks to 
a lot of hard work and dedication the team 
has gone from constant defeat to victory 
over other teams, including teams with 
varsity status, better training and equip- 


As of this writing ther team has had 
three major matches. In these matches the 
team has felled opponents who in the past 
have walked all over VMTs fencers, in- 
cluding Washington and Lee, who the 
team has lost to the last three years. UVa, 
and Vassar. The team almost pulled off a 
major coup de tat on January 23rd. The 
team nearly beat the powerhouse team of 
Annapolis, losing by only two matches. 
The team has many first classmen, but 
their is little doubt that the current strong 
corps of up and coming underclassman 
will be able to keep the team on the road to 
victory. A more vital problem is the future 
departure of the teams coach. Major Tate. 
When he is assigned elsewhere by the 
Army, the team will lose a valuable asset. 

The VMI Feencing team:Back Row — Duda.Ha- .Riell ey.Sulton Front Row - Ph.^^l.H.l^hlmolo 
le.Raucher.Sutton, Martin, Hale.kubin Middle Row carpino.Egloff.Tate.Maj. Tate.Col. Winlsfield 
— Billingsley,Arnaldo,Cuiper,Kim,Herzog,Ha>'s- 

TOP. Sam Tate scores a touch against the Naval 
Academy. Sam's heads up preformance was a big 
contribution to the success of the team this season. 
ABOVE, MAJ. Tate cosults with Sam during a 
match against W-l- L. 

Organizations 331 

The Circle K Club 

The Corps and the Community 

The V.M.I. Circle K Club is one of over 
seven hundred clubs nationwide that is a 
college level extention of the Kiwanis 
Club. The Circle K is the largest collegiate 
organization in the nation. The club is a 
community service organization that has 
been extremely active in the V.M.I, com- 
munity, Lexington, and the surrounding 
communities. The club also provides fel- 
lowship by interacting with Circle K Clubs 
at other colleges and universities through- 
out the Commonwealth, holding many so- 
cial events. The V.M.I. Circle K Club also 
offers subscriptions to numerous national 
newspapers for the enjoyment of cadets. 
Circle K also makes available flower cor- 
sages for the many Hops held here at 

The Circle K Club is an excellent repre- 
sentation of the concept of the Citizen- 

Soldier. This concept is at the foundation 
of the Institute; to serve the community as 
well as the Institute. The Circle K Club is 
often involved in such activity as the Great 
American Smoke-out and Buckle up for 
safety. It often times involves itself with 
church efforts to improve the community. 
The Circle K helps set up Special Olym- 
pics for handicapped children. It also 
raises money for such causes as setting up 
homes for deprived children. The Circle K 
often makes visits to the local Nursing 
Homes to talk to the senior citizens. 
Though many cadets think the Circle K's 
only purpose is to provide corsages , the 
Circle K is the largest service organization 
in the V.M.I, community. 


"* '^ 111 

(above) Brad Reed, James Buddo, Matt McGhee 
president. Kevin McCallister, Sean Dooiey, Mark 
Riley. J.J. Keppler, Rich Blocker, Mark Wilson, An- 
drew Tunnard, Phil Kay, Gregg Kendrick, Bobby 
Chazar. Steve Neary. (top right) Jim Buddo delivers 
corsages to rats anticipating a good hop weekend. 

332 Organizations 


Monogram Club 

Off the Field 

The Monogram Club is made up of let- 
termen who contribute to the "I" off the 
field. In the words of President Aubrey 
Walton, "We work to give back something 
to VMI for what it has given us". In repay- 
ing the Institute the club offers its services 
to help act as security and safety patrol at 
home football games. Another big activity 
for the club is the sponsorship of parties at 
Zolloman's. Even at Zollomans parties 
sponsored by other groups Monogram 
club members can be seen acting as securi- 
ty. Since all of the club's members are 
atheletes the club also contributed new 
speakers to the weight room last year and 
is trying to raise money this year to pro- 
vide a new tape deck to go along with 
them. Although most cadets only see the 
club during football season, it does alot 
more for the corps then you may think. 

ABOVE, Ubermann Todd Freiwald enjoys a cold 
one at a Monogram club Zollomans party. ABOVE 
RIGHT, Andrew Stewert and Bobby Harris act as 
safety patrol at a home football game. RIGHT, Rob 
Goodwin, a golf team letterman, enjoys the privilege 
of wearing his letter sweater at Homecoming Hops. 

Organizations 333 


The 1988 Bomb Staff 

When one looks at the 1988 Bomb Staff for the 
first time you would think that these are just average 
cadets who work for a school publication. That is 
where you are wrong. For the Bomb Staff is a collec- 
tion of mutilated human beings who spend too much 
free time in the Bowels of Barracks. This year's 
Bomb Staff was a peculiar assortment of personal- 
ities, who made life interesting in the hole known as 
the Bomb room. 

Let us now examine the personalities of the Bomb 

Brian J. Keith — Editor in Chief aka, Spic in 
Charge, Sponge, Buffy. Sponge was instrumental in 
the production of this yearbook, even though that 
was subject to great debate and physical violence 
amongst the staff. The Spic in Charge ruled with an 
Iron Fist (when he was sober). He was often seen 
working hard at playing Axis and Allies or computer 
games when most of the staff was meeting deadlines. 
All in all Sponge did a fine job and deserves many 

Scott P. McCumber — Managing Editor aka. 
Poncho. Poncho, was he really a hunched back anti- 
christ with green teeth or just another juvenile LeRoy 
Hammond serving time in the Bomb room? Poncho 
was also the Sports editor of the Bomb, because of his 
fanatical support of Keydet Basketball and Football. 
He is also an avid Redskins fan, whose renditions of 
"Hail to the Redskins" have become almost unbear- 
able. Due to his many responsibilities with the Bomb, 
he has been known to spend many nights down in the 
Bomb room only to emerge for 1st CP. Poncho then 

proceeds to sleep throughout his classes where this is 
reflected in his stellar academic performance. With- 
out Scott McCumber this yearbook would never have 
been possible. 

Chris Clark — Photo Editor aka, OOF. OOF (Out 
of Focus) was the man responsible for the many 
pictures throughout the Bomb. OOF, a pholograpic 
genius, was the driving force for a special honor given 
each week for superior photography. While there 
were many complaints about the quality of the pic- 
tures, OOF produced many fine prints that grace the 
pages of this years Bomb. OOF had an almost impos- 
sible job and did it very well. OOF also deserves a 
round of Kudos. 

Ronald V. Gillespie — Business Editor aka, Diz. 
Diz was the man behind the cash flow. Diz handled 
all the important jobs, like making sure the staff had 
enough petty cash to buy cokes and other assorted 
beverages. Diz was quick witted and had good finan- 
cial sense, so good that the Bomb will probably go 
bankrupt this year. With his assistants, Jim Kiker 
and Brent Selnau, Diz was able to manage the thou- 
sands of dollars squandered by this years staff. Kudos 
for Diz. 

There are many other people who made up the 
staff There was Slug, the guido from N.J. Along (below) The 1988 Bomb staff: (front) Mike Malerb 
with Paul Hicks the Bomb whipping post, Frank '^''"^ Leeney, Scotl McCumber, Brian Kcilh, Chr 
Mussara the porn king, Sean Bishoff the Bomb Mas- Clark, Frank Mussara, (2nd) Mike Wright, Ji 
ochist, and Mike Wright the Bomb computer nerd. ^''^"- Bob Bradford, Lee Bewlev. Rich Mehl. Pmi 
Despite the wide variety of personalities this book ^"^^^- P^"' Tallcl-Kelps 

mutated itself into a readable form for your enter- Saunlry, Pal Madigan, Tuin .sneiion.Anore urlie\ 
lainmenl. Tom Spclz. Frank Charlonis. 

"""""'^^^^^^'^■"^ ,^„ y ^. 

Making a Yearbook 

(left) Cadet Life Editor Frank Charlonis is shown 
typing up the pages of his section, (below) 2nd Class 
Editor Bob Bradford works hard at finishing up his 
section (PAH!), (below left) Jim Cox studies old 
yearbooks for ideas, (bottom right) Managing Editor 
Scolt McCumber and Isl Class editor Frank Mus- 
sara discuss the Redskins latest victory. The Red- 
skins are the topic of much debate in the Bomb 
Room, and Scott "Poncho" McCumber takes much 
offense to derogatory statements about his beloved 
'Skins. The issue was settled with Washington's 42-10 
trouncing of the Broncos in Super Bowl XXII. 


9 America s Last Tnrlen 

America's Last Indep 

TOP PHOTO: Left to right (kind 
of): A.J. Williams, Brian McCor- 
mack, Trace West, Eric Buchan- 
nan, Dave Martin, Curran Bowen. 
Vic Srcdl, Tom Bruffy, Chris 
Baumslark. Mike Vitulano, Dave 
Royer, Sean Bischoff, Ed Wagner, 
Rob Gates, Ned Cox. BOTTOM 
PHOTO: Friday folders ensure 
that parents and alumni gel their 
well appreciated paid subscriptions 
of THE CADET. Although many 
are baffled upon receiving each is- 
sue. THE CADET remains the 
only voice from which outsiders 
can keep abreast of current bar- 
racks beefs. 

336 Organisations 


3, (Siuhtt 

nt College Newspaper 


Tom Bruffy 

Minaging Editor 

Curran Bowen 


Hugh McMenamin 

BusiiMst Minagw 

Chris Baumstark 

Auociat* Edttor 

KlmO«lrld( Tvpitt 

David Martin . . Nmnand Faatum Edttor 

David Royor SporM Edttor 

TomUttach Edttorial Edttor 

JehnOoldm Copr Edttor 

Todd Robinson Copy Edttor 

JolMi WilllanM Entmalnnwnt Edttor 

Konny Robinson Ptwlography Edttor 

RldEBIediar Orculatlon 

KavlnAlvli AdManagtr 

WattCotaman AdManagor 

Victor SrodI ConMttinf Edttor 

Eric Boctianan StaHWrttw 

Buddy Schmellng Staff Writer 

RobKerr StaffWritar 

JImCox StaffWritor 

Jim Ring Staff Wrttar 

(HcarWItllamt Staff Wrttw 

Ned Cox StaffWrtter 

TimSpence StaHWrtter 

Chris Sdilnstodc Layout 

Dusty Crone Layout 

Scan Bischoft Cartoonist 

Trace West Cartomiist 

Our Editor-in-Chief, Curran "'The Gillet" Bowen; the Managing Editor. Tom "The Pear" Bruffy; the 
News and Feature Editor Dave Martin. The three are shown pulling another Thursday all-nighter, "laying 

The Editor-in-Chief of THE CADET 
this year was first classman Curran Bow- 
en. Assisting Curran were Hugh McMen- 
amin as Business Manager, Tom Bruffy as 
Managing Editor, and Chris Baumstark as 
Associate Editor. 

The strength of this year's paper could 
be found on the News and Sports pages, 
edited by Dave Martin and Dave Royer. 
The hard work and long hours spent by the 
dutiful staff writers under the tutelage of 
the page editors created the driving force 
of the paper. 

Thought was stimulated among the 
Corps with the success of the Editorial 
page. Under first classman Tom Ustach, 
the page served as a forum for discussions 
and opinions on relevant topics. First 
classman Sean Bischoffs cartoons supple- 
mented the editorial aspect of the paper. 

To pay for the unauthorized pizzas on 
layout nights, many cadets outside the 
staff took advertising furloughs. On these 
furloughs, cadets sold ads to gracious par- 
ents and businesses. Speaking of the busi- 
ness side of things, Hugh McMenamin 
performed admirably as bookkeeper for 
THE CADET. He singlehandedly kept 
the paper from financial woe. 

The mainstay of THE CADET, Beef 
Diesel, preserved and rallied the troops 
into the Spring with a frontal assault on 
the Army TAC staff, the administration, 
and the Regimental Commander, all of 
whom provided a bounty of ammunition 
for the Dartboard. Beef offers his laurels 
to General Walker for being such a good 
sport throughout the year, especially dur- 
ing the fetal stages of the "87-88 CADET. 

"Well Curran, thus ends another year of 
THE CADET." "No. never, Dave. THE 
CADET isn't over til the Beef's lady sings. 
But that's another story ..." 

— by Curran Bowen and 
David A. Martin (with 
very prudent editing by 
Chad Taylor) 

Organizations 337 



Never Say Die 



I The Spirit of VMI. It is a phrase that stirs an emotion- 
i al reaction from every cadet, alumnus or friend of the 
I Institute. The school's athletic teams are in a large part 
responsible for this emotion. Keydet teams have a long 
and colorful history in all sports, and throughout the 
past, VMI teams have been known for their "never say 
die" attitude. VMI is a school of 1300 men and competes 
against schools that are much larger in size. Thus, VMI 
is routinely facing long odds in athletic contests, yet 
VMI not only manages to hold its own, but in recent 
times has somehow been successful against much larger ; 
opponents. VMI football captured two Southern Confer- 
ence championships in the 1970's, 
I _■> I as did the basketball team while en 
l^.,-"--, -^- ■ route to the NCAA Regionals. 

The past few years have not been 
; quite so successful, but VMI has 
..; still performed well. The football 
'•'" team is rebuilding, as is the basket- 
ball program, but both have also 
seen major victories. VMI track 
teams are always near the top of 
the conference, the baseball team 
has had several excellent seasons, 
and the lacrosse team has come on 
strong and has a chance of being 
nationally ranked. These feats are 
._ quite an accomplishment for a 
school the size of VMI. The athlet- 
ic program, while not overly suc- 
cessful, is a major part of the whole 
at VMI. 

\ iU 

'^ "-4|^ 

Gaining Respect 













When the 1987 football season opened 
for the VMI Keydets on September 12. 
they faced an uphill battle. Coming off a 
1-10 record in 1986, and a string of five 
consecutive losing seasons, the Keydets in 
1987 faced a battle to gain respect for 
VMI football. 

Head coach Eddie Williamson (4-17-1, 
2 years) came to VMI to rebuild the pro- 
gram into a winner, but his plans stalled 
out in 1986. In '87, Williamson had a de- 
fense which was returning largely intact, 
but had given up over 33 points and 400 
yards a game in "86. Offensively, the re- 
turn of Ail-American candidate Mark 
Stock at split end and quarterback Dave 
Brown was a bright spot. The running 
game appeared to be solid for the first 
time in several years. With a healthy of- 
fensive line and an improved defense, Wil- 
liamson had high hopes for the 1987 sea- 
son. Simply put, he said, "This is a critical 
year for us." But his optimism showed 
through his efforts to restrain it. "If we go 
1-10 again this year." he said "I'll jump off 
the barracks." 

Coach Williamson believed that the 
Keydets needed to get off to a quick start 
in order to build their confidence. "The 
first part of this season is very important," 
he said. "The schedule should be in our 
favor, but until we knock off some people, 
I'm not going to say we are supposed to 
win. You've still got to go out there and 
knock heads." 

"What we must do is learn how to win." 
he continued. "We didn't have the confi- 
dence to win, so we couldn't win." Wil- 
liamson believed the Keydets could gain that confidence with a 
few early season victories. 

There were still questions about the Keydets prospects for 
1987. The offensive line had to stay healthy, as the Keydets had 
little depth. The need to eliminate turnovers, the strength of the 
defense, and pre-season injuries to key players, notably lineback- 
er Mike Wood, hampered Williamson's efforts to prepare his 
team for the long road ahead. Not many people gave VMI a 
chance. The Keydets were picked to finish last in the conference, 
and were rated the ninth worst football team in the country by 
Penthouse magazine. Coach Williamson was not surprised, but 
he didn't buy it, either. "I'm not predicting 11-0," he said, "but 
we may be heard from." The team, and Coach Williamson, 
believed they would meet this challenge and overcome the odds 
against them. And on September 12, the determined Keydets 
embarked on their campaign for respect. 


(a Appalachian St. 

,S Virginia 
i2 Citadel 

James madison 

@ Marshall 

William & Mary (,a Norfolk) 
a' Furman 




The 1987 
VMI football 
team opened its 
season on a rainy 
September 12 at 
Alumni Memo- 
rial Stadium. A 

crowd 5,100 braved the weather to see the 
Keydets entertain the Golden Bears of 
West Virginia Tech. 

The season opener also marked the be- 
ginning of the "Twelfth Man" at VMI. A 
spinoff from a similar program at Texas A 
& M, the idea was presented to Coach 
Williamson by Col. Harbach. One cadet 
was selected from the Corps each week to 
play on the kickoff team for both home 
and away games. First classman J.J. 
Wanat was the first cadet to wear the 
black helmet, and he was credited with one 
solo tackle against the Golden Bears. 

The game began with the Keydets kick- 
ing off to West Virginia Tech. The Keydet 
defense forced the Golden Bears to punt, 
and quarterback Dave Brown began to 
move the offense down the field. The Key- 
dets first drive ended with a fumble, how- 
ever, and Tech regained possession. VMI 
got the ball right back as Chris Clark in- 
tercepted a Lee Holder pass. Brown led 
the Keydets in for the score, with tailback 
Joe France scoring from one yard out to 
put the Keydets ahead 7-0 with 4:56 left in 
the first quarter. 

West Virginia Tech got on the board in 
the second quarter on a 26 yard Brian Thomas field goal which 
was set up by a 58 yard run by the Golden Bear's leading rusher, 
Scott Glenn. The Keydets came right back as James Wright 
returned the ensuing kickoff 52 yards to give the Keydets excel- 
lent field position. VMI marched in for their second touchdown 
on a two yard touchdown run by fullback John Parrott. The 
Keydet defense then blocked an attempted field goal by the 
Golden Bears on their next possession. VMI took over on their 
own 24 yard line with 2:08 remaining in the half. The Keydets 
then marched 76 yards in :57 for a third touchdown, with Brown 
throwing to Mark Stock for 73 of those yards, including the 17 
yard touchdown pass which put VMI ahead 21-3 at halftime. 

In the second half, the Keydets squandered three drives deep in 
West Virginia Tech territory with pass interceptions, while the 
VMI defense held the Golden Bears to minus four yards rushing 
and allowed them to cross midfield only twice. The only scoring 

Sports 343 

in the second half was a 20 yard field goal 
by Richard McMinn midway through the 
fourth quarter, and the game ended with 
VMI on top. 24-3. The win put VMl at 1- 
0, while the Golden Bears, an NAIA 
school, dropped to 0-2. 

The victory was the first for the Keydets 
in an opening game since 1982. Although 
the Keydets made mistakes both offensive- 
ly and defensively, there were several fine 
performances. Brown completed 18 of 30 
passes for 227 yards and one touchdown, 
and Stock had 8 receptions for 126 yards 
and one touchdown. Defensively, Mike 
Mayo had nine tackles, and Todd Freiwald 
had two tackles, one a quarterback sack, 
and one interception, which he returned 41 
yards. Chris Clark also had one intercep- 
tion. Anthony Mcintosh had a blocked 
field goal and three tackles. Coach Wil- 
liamson was impressed with the team's 
play, but he suggested that the team still 
had work to do. "For a team to be a good 
football team, the most improvement 
should come from week one to week two," 
he said. "We had a lot of good things 
happen to us, but there are also things we 
need to improve on." These improvements 
would have to be made quickly, as the 
Keydets would travel the following week 
to Boone, N.C., to take on the defending 
Southern Conference Champions, the Ap- 
palachian State Mountaineers. 








d their 

Southern Con- 


slate be- 


a rain- 


crowd of 


in Boone, 

N.C., against the Appalachian State 
Mountaineers. The Mountaineers were the 
defending conference champions and were 
ranked seventh in the country entering the 
contest. The Keydets were fourteen point 
underdogs, but gave the Mountaineers all 
that they could handle. 

ASU opened the scoring in the first pe- 
riod after recovering a VMI fumble near 
midfield, with tailback Tim Sanders ram- 
bling 34 yards to put the Mountaineers 
ahead 7-0. The Keydets took the ensuing 
kickoff and marched 78 yards to tie the 
game on fullback John Parrott's one yard 

The Mountaineers went ahead 10-7 on a 
25 yard field goal, but the Keydets came 
back. The Keydets moved the ball down 
the field to set up a first and goal situation 
from the Appalachian State 4 yard line 
with no time outs remaining and time run- 
ning out in the first half After three un- 
successful tries to punch the ball into the 
end zone, the Keydets settled for a 17 yard 
Richard McMinn field goal to force a 10- 
10 halflinie tie. When asked whv he did 

Anthony Mcintosh blocks a West Virginia Tech field 
goal attempt in the second quarter (above left). 
James Wright eludes a Golden Bear tackier on a 52 
yard kickoff return in the first half (above). 

not try for the touchdown and take the 
lead at the half. Coach Williamson said, 
"Coming away with no points there could 
have been devastating". 

The third quarter was a defensive battle. 
The Keydets held the Mountaineers on a 
fourth down and a foot situation, but the 
VMI offense failed to capitalize. ASU 
scored on a 48 yard field goal to go ahead 
13-10 with 1:53 remaining in the third 
quarter. Aided by a roughing the kicker 
penalty, which was assessed on the ensuing 
kickoff, the Mountaineers pinned the Key- 
dets inside their own 10 yard line. The 
Keydets could not move the ball and had 
to punt. The Mountaineers used the excel- 
lent field position to their advantage and 
went ahead 20-10 early in the fourth peri- 
od. Appalachian State iced the game when 
on the Keydets next possession their de- 
fense intercepted a Dave Brown pass, 
which led to an other ASU touchdown and 
sealed the Keydets fate, 27-10. 

Despite the defeat, the Keydets had 
played well and had thrown quite a scare 
into a nationally, ranked opponent. Coach 
Williamson expressed disappointment, 
saying "The game just got away from us. 
We came down here to win, and we had a 
chance to do just that. We were in the 

344 Sports 


Linebacker Dan Young stops ASU's John Settle on a fourth and inches play (top). Defensive tackles Pete 
Lampman and Erich Diehl sandwich Wofford fullback Kevin German, causing him to fumble (above). 

game except for the one five minute 

In defeat, VMl had gained a great deal 
of respect by giving the Mountaineers a 
game that was much closer than the final 
score indicated. Disappointed, but not dis- 
couraged, the team returned to Lexington 
to continue the progress they had made 
and to prepare for the upcoming game 
with Wofford College. 


Weekend at 
VMI saw the 
Keydets enter- 
tain the Terriers 
of Wofford Col- 
lege, and saw the 
Big Red Team obtain VMl's 400th colle- 
giate football victory. 

A crowd of 6,300 saw Wofford jump out 
to a 3-0 lead and then hold the Keydet 
offense in check. The Keydets managed to 
tie the game on a 31 yard field goal by 
Wade Hawkins. The game remained tied 
until cornerback Tracy Toye intercepted a 
Terrier pass and returned it 42 yards for a 
touchdown just before halftime. 

Three minutes into the second half Rob 
Susnar sacked the Terrier quarterback, 
causing him to fumble, which roverback 
John Adametz recovered at the Wofford 
one yard line. John Parrott scored on the 
next play to put the Keydets ahead 17-3. 
Wofford closed to 17-11 early in the 
fourth quarter, but the Keydet offense fi- 
nally got on track and took control of the 
game. The next two Keydet possessions 
ended in scores; another Hawkins field 
goal and a 25 yard touchdown run by Ar- 
turo Johnson squashed the Terriers 27-1 1. 
The Keydets moved their record to 2-1 
largely on the strength of the defense. 
"Generally speaking, we did not do a good 
job on offense," said Coach Williamson. 
"We won today with our kicking game and 
our defense". The Keydet's defense forced 
four Terrier turnovers; one fumble, three 
interceptions and held the Terriers to 33 
yards offense in the second half compared 
to the 148 yards offense the Terriers had in 
the first half. Offensively, the Keydets pro- 
duced only 229 yards. 

With Division I-A Virginia ahead, the 
offense was of great concern to William- 
son. "From the line, to the backs, and to 
the coaches, we have got to perform bet- 

Sports 345 

I \ \ 

The Keydets 
traveled I o 

on a Cold Satur- 
day night to con- 
front the Virgin- 
ia Cavaliers in front of a Scott Stadium 
crowd of 23,000. The Cavaliers were 2-2 
against a strong schedule and had whipped 
Duke the previous week. The Big Red 
came into the game without the services of 
Mark Stock at wide receiver, as he had 
suffered a broken collarbone in practice 
early in the week. The team was fired up, 
but as the game began it became apparent 
that emotions would not be enough to car- 
ry the Keydets to victory. 

From the first offensive possession, the 
Cavalier defense shut down the VMl of- 
fense. The Keydets defense played well 
and fought hard, but was overwhelmed by 
the amount of time they spent on the field, 
as the offense simply could not move the 
ball. The Virginia defense simply dominat- 
ed the Keydets throughout the game. 

Virginia used sustained drives to score 
17 points in the first half, while the Wa- 
hoos defense held the Keydets scoreless. In 
the second half, Virginia continued to 
move the ball behind their ground game 
and the passing of quarterback Scott Se- 
cules. The Wahoos scored 13 points in the 
second half, while the VMI offense was 
again shut out , giving the Cavaliers a 30-0 
victory over the Keydets. 

Despite the lopsided score, the team 
played fairly well. The offensive line pro- 
vided excellent protection for quarterback 
Dave Brown as he was sacked only once, 
late in the fourth quarter. The defense 
played aggressively, but slowly wore down 
under the relentless pressure of trying to 
contain Virginia's high-powered offense. 
The VMI defense was on the field for 35 
minutes of the game, as the offense could 
not move the ball. The Virginia defense 
kept the Keydets from crossing midfield 
the entire game. 

The loss of Stock surely had an impact, 
but the Keydets were outmatched. They 
would return to Southern Conference play 
the following week, however, to face The 
Citadel in the "Military Classic of the 



The Keydets 
hit the road for 
the second 

straight week, 
traveling to 
S.C., to face the Bulldogs of The Citadel in 
the "Military Classic of the South." The 
Keydets sole victory the previous year was 
in this very game, and the "Dogs were 
hungry for revenge, as was the Parents 
Day crowd of almost 18,000 Citadel fans. 
The game also marked the Keydets first 
look at the new Citadel "Dogbone" of- 
fense, introduced by their new coach 
Charlie Taaffe. VMI entered the game as 
ten point underdogs and as the afternoon 
progressed, with Virginia losing to Clem- 
son and Virginia Tech being crushed by 
South Carolina, the possibility of a South 
Carolina sweep of the Old Dominion rest- 
ed with the Bulldogs. The Keydets, howev- 
er were to deny them. 

The game opened with the Citadel 
jumping ahead 3-0 in the first quarter. The 
Keydets answered, however, as Mike 
Mayo intercepted a Bulldog pass and re- 
turned it to the Citadel 42. The Keydets 
used five plays to score, with tailback Joe 
France scoring on a spinning 9 yard touch- 

.Icff Barnes (87) and two olher Keydct dele 
bring down L\ .A tailback Marcus Wilson jusl 
ol' ihe goal line (rightl. 

.U(i Sporlb 


Joe France celebrate;, after dancing 
into the end zone on a 9 )ard run 
(above). Mike Mayo set up the 
Keydets touchdown with an 18 
yard interception return (left). The 
Keydel defense celebrates after 
stopping the 'Dogs' on a fourth and 
seven with a minute to go, seahng 
the victorv (below). 

down run to put the Keydets ahead 7-3. 

The remainder of the game was a defen- 
sive battle and saw the Keydets miss scor- 
ing opportunities, either killing drives with 
holding penalities or missing field goals. 
Fate seemed to be with the Bulldogs. The 
Keydets rose to the occasion, however, as 
the defense stopped the "Dogbone" of- 
fense twice in the closing minutes to pre- 
serve the victory and keep the Silver Sha- 
ko in Lexington. 

The defense won the day for the Key- 
dets. Todd Freiwald played an excellent 
game, as did safety Mike Mayo. Rover Bill 
McGarrah made several big plays, includ- 
ing a pass break up on fourth down with 
less than a minute remaining. The Keydets 
held the 'Dogs to 151 yards rushing, far 
below their nationally ranked average. 

Offensively, the Keydets performed bet- 
ter than in previous weeks. Quarterback 
Dave Brown completed 9 of 1 3 passes with 
no interceptions. The Keydets had only 
one turnover, a fumble late in the fourth 
quarter. Tailback Joe France became the 
first VMI rusher in 15 games to go over 
the century mark, gaining 122 yards on 26 
carries, and split end James Wright con- 
tinued to do well at the injured Mark 
Stock's position, catching 5 passes for 89 

The win boosted the Keydets to a 1-1 
conference record, and 3-2 overall. Coach 
Williamson noted the efforts of the de- 
fense, calling it "superb." Citadel Coach 
Charlie Taaffe summed it up best, saying, 
"Anytime you hold a team to seven points 
you should win, but ..." 

He didn't finish. 







Dukes Edge Keydets 

VMI 17 

JMLl 20 


/>!» — O^.H^'^j Weekend at 

rV k /I 1 I "^^^ brought 

( lUWLJL J Q^jj ^^ Alumni 

Memorial crowd 
of 8,500 to wit- 
ness the Keydets take on the sixth ranked 
Dukes of James Madison University, who 
came to Lexington favored by as many as 
three touchdowns in some quarters. The 
Keydets were not to be underestimated, 

JMU, aided by good field position, 
scored on their first possession on a three 
yard touchdown run, and then went ahead 
10-0 on a 38 yard Tim Garritty field goal. 
The Keydet's defense then stiffened and 
began to adjust to the Dukes" offensive 
scheme. "I'm proud of the way our defense 
adjusted," said Williamson. "They had 
their backs against the wall, but they ad- 
justed and got the job done." The Keydets 
stopped JMU on a fourth and one deep in 
VMI territory, and Anthony Mcintosh 
partially blocked an attempted JMU field 
goal to hold the Dukes to ten points. 

The Keydet's offense came to life in the 

Backup quarterback Chris Bunn directs the Keydets 
to a touchdown in the second half (left). 

James Wright makes the catch over JMU's Lament avoids Breedlove's feeble attempt to trip him up . . and squirts mto the endzone as the first half ends. 

Breedlove . . . 

Sports 349 


second quarter as well. The Kesdels cut 
the lead to 10-3 on a 29 yard Wade Haw- 
kins field goal earl\ in the second quarter. 
Late in the second quarter, the Keydets 
had the ball and moved out to their own 
4S. .After two incomplete passes, the Key- 
dets faced a third and ten with two seconds 
remaining before halftime. Quarterback 
Dave Brown dropped back, and as time 
expired, hit James Wright on a 52 yard 
pass play, and after Hawkin's PAT, the 
Kesdets went into the locker room tied at 
10-10 with the country's sixth best I-AA 
football team. The incredible Brown to 
Wright TD bomb told the Keydets they 
could pull off a major upset, and the 
Dukes went into the locker room shell- 
shocked. "I don't think they respected 
James" speed," Brown said. 

The second half saw James Madison 
score ten points in the first six minutes of 
the third quarter to take a 20-10 lead. 
Madison was aided b\ VMI turnovers on 
consecutive possessions, gi\ing the Dukes 
excellent field position. 

Coach Williamson then inserted backup 
quarterback Chris Bunn into the line up 

and switched to a wishbone formation. 
The Ke\deis marched down the field, 
scoring on a one \ard dive b\ James 
Wright bringing the Ke\dets to within 
three points. 

"I'm extremely proud of Chris," Wil- 
liamson said of Bunn. who ran the wish- 
bone in high school. "He hung in there and 
stayed with us." Bunn also performed the 
duties of long snapper on punts and place- 
ment kicks, due to injuries to both of the 
Ke>det"s regular snappers. "I was staying 
out and snapping for punts when I was in 
at quarterback." Bunn said, "and it was 
weird not going off the field." 

The remainder of the fourth quarter saw 
the Keydets lose several scoring opportu- 
nities, due to penalties and turnovers. Offi- 
ciating in the final minutes was also a key 
factor, as several terrible calls went 
against the VMI defense at critical times, 
allowing JMU to hang on to the ball and 
kill the clock. Defensive backs coach Steve 
R\an chased the officials into the end zone 
after the game and had to be guided away 
b> defensive coordinator Will Holthouser, 
Williamson said he would file a complaint 

with the Southern Conference regarding 
the officiating. 

The Keydets played a sound game, ex- 
cept for the turnovers. "VMI plased well 
enough to win." said JMU coach Joe Pur- 
zycki. The play of the defense, along with 
James Wright, was a bright spot for the 
Big Red in defeat. The play of non-starters 
Bunn and center Mike Inteso was also im- 
portant to the Keydets. Inteso came into 
the game after starting center Bill Powers 
went down with a knee injury. Inteso be- 
came the smallest lineman in Division I 
football, standing 5 feet 10 inches tall and 
weighing only 195 pounds. He played an 
excellent game, however, against his much 
larger adversaries. 

In defeat, the Keydets gained a groat 
deal of confidence and respect as a result 
of their performance against sixth ranked 
JMU, and hoped to carry the momentum 
into the upcoming contest against the 
pass-happy Thundering Herd of Marshall 

Jamc \S rigin gucs over ihc top for .six points in the 
third quarter to pull the Keydets to within three 
points (above). Freshman placekickcr Wade Haw- 
l<ins, of Denton, Texas, follows through on a 29 yard 
field goal for the Keydel's first score of the afternoon 

350 Sports 


\ All 

The Keydets 
traveled to Hun- 
tington. W.V., to 
face the Thun- 
dering Herd of 
Marshall Uni- 
versity in a key Southern Conference mat- 
chup. The contest promised to be exciting, 
featuring the conference's number one 
pass defense against the conference's lead- 
ing passer. Marshall's Tony Petersen. The 
VMI defense had not given up a touch- 
down pass all season, but Petersen struck 
early and often to lead the Herd to a 42-7 

On the first play from scrimmage. Pe- 
tersen connected on a 57 yard strike to put 
the Herd inside the VMI 20. Marshall pro- 
ceeded to take a 7-0 lead, and on the Key- 
dets first possession Marshall recovered a 
fumbled snap on a punt. Two plays later, 
Petersen threw a 19 yard touchdown pass 
for a 14-0 lead, and the rout was on. 

The Keydets only score was a 47 yard 
pass from Dave Brown to James Wright. 
The Herd added a second half touchdown 

to close out the scoring. The loss was a 
severe setback for the Keydets. as it 
dropped them to 3-4 on the season, and 1-2 
in the conference. 

The loss also added to the importance of 
the following week's game against William 
and Mary in the Oyster Bowl. It became a 
must win game for the Keydets if they 
hoped to finish the season with a winning 
record, a feat that had not been accom- 
plished since 1981 . 

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The Keydets 
traveled to Nor- 
folk for Hallow- 
een weekend to 
square off 

against the Tribe 
from William and Mary in the 41st annual 
Oyster Bowl contest, before a crowd of 
26.>00 at ODL's Foreman Field. It was 
VMFs first appearance in the fall classic 
since a 54-7 loss to Virginia Tech in 1984. 
and a large majority of the corps came to 
Norfolk for the game. The Keydets need- 
ed a win to maintain their hopes for a 
winning season, and the game was a must- 

win situation for the Tribe as well, as thev 
had lost three straight games and held a 2- 
5 record. 

The Tribe opened the scoring with a 40 
yard field goal. The Keydets came back to 
tie the game with a 20 yard field goal by 
Wade Hawkins after being held out of the 
end zone on three consecutive plays inside 
the five yard line. 

VMI scored again early in the second 
quarter following a William and Mary 
turnover. Tracy Toye made a leaping in- 
terception of a Tribe pass and returned it 
for an apparent touchdown. The score was 
called back however, as the Keydets were 
llagged for blocking below the waist on the 
return. The offense failed to move the ball 
into the end zone, and Hawkins was called 
on again. His 35 yard field goal gave the 
Keydets a 6-3 lead, but that was the end of 
the scoring for VMI. as the Indians used a 
swarming defense to shut down the Key- 
dets for the remainder of the game. 

William and Mary scored on a two yard 
pass just before half to take a 10-6 lead 
into the locker room. The Tribe added 
another touchdown on a one yard pass 
midway through the fourth quarter to put 
the game out of reach. 

Coach Williamson was obviously disap- 
pointed. "This." he said, "was a game I 
thought we had a chance to win." 

Dan Young celebrates after intercepting a William and Mary pass (above left). Travis Mabrey breal<s into 
the open (left) John Adametz and Tracy Toye help pile up the VV & M quarterback (above). 

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Greenville. S.C., 
proved to be in- 
hospitable as the 
Keydels took on 
the Paladins of 
Furman Univer- 
sity in a South- 
ern Conference matchup. The Keydets 
committed four first half turnovers which 
Furman used to their advantage in build- 
ing a 24-0 halftime lead and ultimately a 
38-0 win over the Keydets. 

Furman took the lead on the first play of 
the second quarter when William Hall in- 
tercepted a Dave Brown pass and returned 
it 32 yards for a touchdown. On the Key- 
dets next possession Brown was sacked 
and fumbled. The Paladins recovered and 
marched in for the touchdown. Late in the 
second quarter Furman drove 76 yards in 
ten plays for a 21-0 lead and added a field 
goal following a successful onside kick. 

Furman added two second half touch- 
downs while keeping VMI out of scoring 
position, which accounted for the final 
score. The Keydets dropped their fourth 
straight contest after a 3-2 start, and had a 
3-6 mark with only two games remaining. 

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Hall of Fame 
day at VMI saw 
the Keydets host 
the Buccaneers 
from East Ten- 
nessee State 
University. The 
Hues were coming off the biggest win in 
their school's history, having beaten N.C. 
State the week before. The Bucs victory 
over State was even bigger due to the fact 
that the Wolfpack had upset 7th ranked 
Clemson earlier. The Keydets entered the 
game as four touchdown underdogs. 

East Tennessee opened the scoring in 
the first quarter b\ moving the ball 70 
yards in eight plays, scoring on a 27 yard 
pass play. The Keydets came back to trim 
the Bucs lead to 7-3 on a 36 yard field goal 
by Wade Hawkins. ETSU returned the 
favor however, scoring on a 36 yard field 
goal of their own to make the score 10-3. 
The score was set up by an interception of 
a Chris Bunn pass. Bunn, who started, in- 
jured his ankle on the following series, but 
not before completing a 48 yard pass to 
James Wright to put the Keydets in ETSU 
territory. Dave Brown replaced Bunn fol- 
lowing his injury, and led the Keydets to a 
score, a 22 yard Hawkins field goal which 
cut the Buccaneer lead to 10-6. 

The Keydets then took charge. Safety 
Mike Mayo picked off a Buccaneer pass 
and returned it 41 yards to the Bucs 31 
yard line. The interception was Mayo's 
fifth of the year and fifteenth of his career, 
setting a new school record. "We needed 
something like that to get us up," Mayo 
said of the interception. "We said, 'Let's 
go shove it down their throats.' " The Key- 
dets proceeded to do exactly that, as they 
marched in for the touchdown. Much of 
the shoving was done by tailback Joe 
France, who scored the TD on a four yard 
run. Following the PAT, the Keydets held 
a 13-10 lead and kept it until halftime. 

VMI picked up in the second half where 
they left off in the first half by continuing 
to produce consistently offensively and de- 
fensively. To open the half, the Keydets 
marched 66 yards in 13 plays using a ball 
control offense, scoring on a six yard 
Brown to Wright pass. The 20-10 lead was 
enough, as the defensive unit continued to 
stymie the ETSU offense. Todd Friewald 
recovered a fumble, and Bill McGarrah 
had two interceptions, Tracy Toye had 
one, and Mayo had one. The Bucs did 
manage a 39 yard field goal midway 
through the fourth quarter, but otherwise 
never threatened. 

The win represented a milestone for the 
1987 Keydets. It was the fourth win of the 
season, the most for a VMI team since 

Travis \labrc\ leaps 
over East Tennessee de- 
fenders in search of first 
dovvn yardage (cnlr. 
right). The officials sig- 
nal a Keydet touchdown 
on a four yard Joe 
France carry (below) 
Defensive tackle Pete 
Lampman hauls down 
Buccaneer quarterback 
.leff Morgan for a two 
\ard loss (r;ght) 

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1982. "We had to play for some respect," 
said Wright. After such an upset, the Key- 
dets proved that they deserved it. 


The final game 
of the 1987 foot- 
bail season was 
played on a bit- 
terly cold Satur- 
day afternoon at 
Alumni Memo- 
rial Stadium. The game was witnessed by 
only 3,500 people, which included the 
class of 1989, who were celebrating their 
Ring Figure. The contest, however, was 
not much to celebrate for Keydet fans, as 
the Moccasins of Tennessee-Chattanooga 
routed the homestanding Keydets 31-0. 

VMI received the opening kickoff, and 
fumbled the ball away two plays later on 
third down. UTC then ran the ball twice, 
the first carry being good for fourteen 
yards, and then a one yard touchdown run 
for a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter. 

The Mocs scored again early in the sec- 
ond quarter on a fourth and one play, 
which they broke up the middle for 33 
yards and a 14-0 lead. The Mocs then 
added a 30 yard field goal to make it 17-0, 
then scored another touchdown one a one 
yard run, which was set up by a VMl 
fumble on the seven yard line. The score 
made for a 24-0 halftime tally. 

By halftime, UTC had 125 yards rush- 
ing, while holding the Keydets to a grand 
total of minus nine yards on the ground 
and one first down. In the second half, the 
Mocs cruised to one more touchdown, a 37 
yard scamper which made the score 31-0. 
The Keydets never seriously threatened to 
get on the scoreboard, as UTC held the 
Keydets to a single yard rushing on 38 
attempts for the game. VMI could only 
manage 67 yards through the air, for a 

total of 68 offensive yards for the after- 
noon. UTC finished with 326 yards of to- 
tal offense. 

Coach Williamson understood the num- 
bers. "Their defense, once we got behind, 
it just fired them up," he said. "It turned 
into an avalanche." 

The loss dropped the Keydets to 2-4 in 
the conference for the year, 4-7 overall. 
The season was dissapointing for William- 
son and for the team. "We need to find 
answers for that mid-season slump," Wil- 
liamson said. "We would like to be able 
put wins back to back." 

There was cause for optimism, however, 
for the 1988 season. Splint end Mark 
Stock, who was injured Isefore the U.Va 
game, took a medical redshirt and will re- 
turn to VMI to complete his eligibility. 
This will boost the VMI offense, which 
had its problems in Stock's absence. The 
Keydets also will have the services of quar- 
terback Dave Brown, along with a veteran 
backfield. Defensively, there are a host of 
returnees, though the loss of All-State 
safety Mike Mayo will undoubtedly hurt. 
The Keydets gained respect in playing 
some outstanding games against heavily 
favored opponents, and the trend should 
continue into the next season. 

Paul Hicks was one of the cadets selected to wear the 
black helmet as the Twelfth Man for the Keydets this 
year (top left). Mike Mayo, All-State safely, makes a 
touchdown saving tackle against UTC (below). 

Sports 35.1 


Keeping The Spirit 


No matter what the score or weather, 
the Keydet's spirit squad stood by their 
team. This years team struggled with a 
number of male member changes and the 
retraining of the precision unit. This years 
squad was composed of six cadets and six 
members from Soouthern Seminary. The 
team tried to raise the level of enthusiasm 
from the home crowd by incorporating 
more gymnastics and stunts in their rou- 
tines. The squad often worked as hard as 
the teams they so proudly cheered for. The 
team also suffered many of the same inju- 
ries as setbacks of their varsity counter- 
parts. The key to their success was the 

Top nghi: The female members of the Keydet spirit 
^quad display their agility with fluid movements that 
kept the Keydet's fans attentive and entertained. Be- 
low: Karen Geiger fires up the crowd at one of the 
basketball teams home games. 

Top (left to right): Lisa Carone, Karen Geiger, Dena Bartley, Kelly Williard, Gail Wilson. Susan Cooper. 
Bottom: Pat McMahan, Matt Schwarzmann, Rob Ondrick, Mike Lvthgoe. Gary Bissell. Kangaroo: Angelo 

354 Sports 

unity they displayed as a unit. The timing 
and coordination of words to movement 
was only perfected by hours of diligent 
rehearsing and often physically painful 
mistakes that the crowds never saw. This 
process was further complicated by the 
addition of new members and time con- 
suming injuries that didn't allow the team 
to practice as a unit. 

Another obstacle of the team is its de- 
pendence on volunteers to make up the 
squad. This group of volunteers is often 
responsible for keeping the crowd behind 
the team and ultimately the outcome of 
the game. This responsibility is magnified 
by the fact that these "volunteers" are re- 
sponsible for supporting not only the foot- 
ball team but also the basketball team 
through the duration of their seasons. 
These same volunteers that dominate the 
sideline or court's edge seemed to go un- 
recognized for their efforts until their tal- 
ent is needed again to carry the Red. 
White, and Yellow to yet another victory. 

The Keydet mascot takes on East Tennessee's Bucca- 
neer (top left). Keydet cheerleaders fire up the crowd 
(below left). The kangaroo in action at the Oyster 
Bowl (below). 

Sports 355 

Learning To Win 


This sear's squad showed an increase in 
talent and lived up to Coach Bartiet's early 
season expectation of a much improved 
team. Team Captains Jimmy Cotrell. Gus 
Shuster. and Dan Schnock lead the team 
to a decieving 5-10-1 record. This year's 
squad saw the return of veteran goalie Bob 
Miller with Mike Pilley in the back along 
with Co-Captain Dan Schnock at sweeper 
and Derek McCown on the outside. The 
Keydets played Co-Captain Gus Shuster 
at center-half, Radoslaw Szczepanski 
(a.k.a. "Spud"), and Co-Captain Jim Co- 
trell up front. Attributing to the the Key- 
det's improved record was the fact that 
Jim Cotrell was once again the leading 

The ten losses were misrepresentative of 
the team's true ability. Many games were 
very close and hard fought such as Wash- 
ington and Lee, Hampden-Sydney, Fur- 
man, and Virginia Tech. The lone tie was a 
3-3 battle with archrival The Citadel on 
Parent's Weekend. During the Citadel 
battle the Keydets played with such inten- 
sity that tempers flared and a scuffle broke 
out after a close call. This was just one 
example of the hungry and aggressive na- 
ture of the 1987 Keydets. Coach Bartlet 
instilled this cut-throat attitude in the 
Keydets with heated words to play by. 
"The only way to win," he said, "is by 
putting the other team's neck on a rope 
and going for the jugular!" 

Buddy League displays an aggressive style of defense 
(top right). Mark Reilly moves the ball downfield 
(right). Perhaps overly aggressive. Spud Sczepanski 
IS restrained by his teammates in order lo prcvcnl 
him from killing an opponent (below). 

This cut-throat attitude continued 
throughout the rest of the season ending in 
a 6-0 demolishing of Marshall's Thunder- 
ing Herd. Spud and Jim Cotrell had two 
goals each to end their last year of college 
ball. This win was also the first Southern 
Conference win for the Keydets since 
1983, when Assistant Coach Steve Ross 
was a player. 

The new players that the Keydets will 
rely on next year are rat players Andrew 
Preston, Buddy League, David Ahrens, 
Darin Schaffer, and David Jones, all who 
played extensively, along with Nick Alten, 
Chris Eubank, and Ben Dorman. The up 
and coming second and first classman. 
Jack Roman (keeper). Glen Thompson 
(keeper). Bill Melvin (midfield), Elson Ho 
Hin (midfield), Peter Mantz (forward), I 
Rob Schnock (back), Mike Pilley (mid- t 
field), Scott Leonard (midfield), Dan 7^ 
Schonk (back). Derek McCown (back). 

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Bob Miller (keeper), John Draper (back), 
David Ginski (midfield),and Eric Carpen- 
ter (forward), will provide the leadership 
and experience. With the new crop of rats 
to replace the men lost to graduation, the 
VMI soccer team should continue to im- 
prove upon it's previous records. Previous 
seasons have shown consistent improve- 
ment, and with Coach Bartlet's aggressive 
philosophy, the trend should continue into 
the future. 




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Gus Shuster puts :i move on an opponent (top lefl)- 
Spud shows his stuff (far left). An unidentified K.ey- 
det makes a steal (left). This opposing goalie can not 
stop this Keydet goal (below left). Jim Cotrell shows 
the form that made him the team's leading scorer 

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VMI basketball 
1987-88 had an entire- 
ly different look than 
in recent years. De- 
fense and a total team 
concept on offense 
were the replacements 
for second year head coach Joe Cantafio. 
The new look came as much out of ne- 
cessity as planning. Gone was two-time 
Southern Conference Player of the Year 
and State of Virginia's Division I career 
soring leader (2,423 points). Gay Elmore. 
Only Elmore and power forward Mark 
Current were gone from the 1986-87 start- 
ing line-up, but these two players account- 
ed for 58% of the team's scoring and 41% 
of the rebounding. 

With the exception of returning starter 
Bobby Gardner and reserve point guard 
Steve Tooker, the remainder of the team 
was extremely young. Seven sophomores 
and a junior comprised the bulk of the 
1987-88 Keydets. 

Among those sophomores were last 
year's starters at both guard positions. 
Southern Conference Freshman of the 
Year Renard Johnson (6-2,172) returned 
at the point, however he left school in early 
January. Perhaps the best athlete on the 
team, his departure was a tough break for 
the Keydets. Also in the backcourt was 
another member of the All Southern Con- 
ference Freshman Team, Ramon Williams 
(6-1, 177). Williams was inserted into the 
stating line-up in the fourteenth game of 
last season, and Williams responded with 
four consecutive games in double figures. 
In those final 15 games he averaged 7.3 
points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and less 
than 2 turnovers a game. 

Backing up the point was Ramon's twin 
brother Damon Williams (6-1,184) and an 
experienced three-year letterman, Steve 
Tooker (6-1, 185). With the exception of 
Gardner, Tooker had more game experi- 
ence than any member of the team and 
was chosen by his teamates as captain for 
the 1987-88 season. Additional depth at 
point guard came from Ricky Mears (6-0, 
159) a scholarship wide receiver, who was 
an All conference high school basketball 
player. Ramon received plenty of competi- 
tion at the two spot from Damon, who 
was the more highly recruited of the two 


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@ Texas 

@ Oral Roberts 

@ Richmond 

@ William & Mary 


@ East Tennessee 

@ Appalachian State 







@ Marshall 

@ Davidson 



@ The Citadel 

@ Furman 


@ Tennessee-Chattanooga 

@ Western Carolina 

Southern Conference Tourney 

@ Ashville, N.C. 

in high school. Damon played in all 28 
games last season averaging 8.4 minutes. 
With the Williams' twins, Cantafio had 
the luxury of interchanging the two 
guard slots. Freshman recruit Michael 
Williams (6-5, 185) served as a swing- 
man between #2 guard and #3 forward. 
He showed outstanding potential in pre- 
season practice and could possibly chal- 
lenge for a starting spot at either posi- 

Steven Dorsey (6-8, 195), a starter for 
most of the 1985-86 season before leav- 
ing school last year, was a big help inside 
at both the #3 and #4 slot, which in the 
Keydets' scheme are basically interchan- 
gable. Only Gardner had more minutes 
played among the frontcourt personnel. 
The question mark would be how much a 
year's layoff would affect his play. 

Three returning sophomores. Bill 
Dowd (6-5, 200), Mark Craft (6-7, 210), 
and Thad Tegtmeyer (6-8, 195), fought 
for playing time at the inside positions. 
Of those three, Craft saw the most action 
as a freshman, averaging over five min- 
utes per game. He and Tegtmeyer, who 
Cantafio feels is a sleeper, are #4 and #5 
players while Dowd, who has a nice 
shooting touch and is strong on the 
boards, is a candidate at the #3 or #4 

Overall, the Keydets were sound and 
had depth in the backcourt. Up front 
Lennon Mings needed to assert himself 
particularly at the offensive end to some- 
what offset the loss of Elmore and Cur- 
rent, while Gardner needed to have 
strong performances all of the time. With 
Dorsey back in school, the third starting 
position was open for the taking. For 
quality minutes and starting roles, how- 
ever, Cantafio depended on three sopho- 
mores and two freshmen. The predomin- 
ace of youth was nothing new to him, but 
not having Gay Elmore was. In 1987-88 
Coach Canafio and his team relied on 
total team play and defense to be suc- 

Sports 359 

The 1987-88 Keydet basketball team 
opened its season on November 30th 
against the Eagles of Bridgewater College. 
The Keydets were in control for the first 
half and led by five at intermission. The 
Eagles worked their way back into the 
game and forced an overtime period. The 
Keydets found themselves in trouble early 
in the extra period, and trailed by five with 
only sixteen seconds remaining. Ramon 
Williams hit a three pointer to cut the 
deficit to two, and his brother Damon Wil- 
liams hit a 21 footer for three points with 
two seconds left to give VMI a 78-77 vic- 
tor) in OT. 

The Radford Highlanders were the next 
team to come to Cameron Hall, and they 
controlled the game throughout. Poor 
shooting doomed the Keydets as they lost 
88-68. Ramon Williams led the Keydets 
with 21 points. 

The VMI cagers next travelled to Lan- 
dover, MD. and the Capitol Centre to take 
on the twelfth ranked Hoyas of George- 
town University. The Hoyas jumped on 
the outmanned Keydets early en route to a 
41-17 halftime lead. The Keydets did not 
give up in the second half, however. Lead 
by outstanding guard play, the Keydets 
put on a couple runs of their own, but the 
Hoyas talent kept the Keydets at bay, and 
Coach Thompson's Hoyas downed VMI 

Center Bobb> Gardner said that the 
team learned a great deal from the contest 

Mark Craft goes up lor two vs. Radford (upper 
right). Renard Johnson gets the first of his two jams 
vs. Bridgewater (above right). Rat Greg Fittz plays 
the Hoyas tough (beknv). Bobby Gardner looks to 
pass against Radford (right). Ramon Williams di- 
rects the offense against Georgetown (far right). The 
guards had an outstanding second half against the 
nationally ranked Hoyas. 


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with Georgetown. "We went up there to 
win — it would have been the chance of a 
iifciime to beat them," he said. "Every- 
body learned the caliber of ball it takes to 
win at that level, and we should benefit 
from it." 

The Keydets returned home to face an- 
other unbeaten team, the Maroons of Roa- 
noke College. The Keydets had a ten point 
lead in the first half, but poor shooting 
allowed Roanoke to take control of the 
game. "The shots just would not fall," said 
Coach Cantafio, and the Big Red dropped 
a close one, 51-50. Damon Williams led 
the Keydets in scoring with 17. 

Gardner noted that the first four games 
(1-3) were not an indicator of the team's 
ability. "We just need a few games under 
our belt. We have as much talent as any- 
body, and if we put it to good use and 
finish strong in the conference, we can 
have a shot to win the tournament," he 
said. "Right now we just need to get a 

Greg Fittz attempts to block a shot inside by an 
opposing Hoya (top left). Damon Williams works 
against a tough Georgetown defense (far left). Da- 
mon pops a running one-hander against the High- 
nders (left). Second classmen Kevin Boyum, Tim 
Spives. and Brian Duffy express their sentiments re- 
gardmg Radford coach Joe Davis (below left). Ren- 
ard Johnson shoots over a Georgetown defender in 
the second half (below). 

Sports 361 

Following the Roanoke contest, the 
Keydets entertained Shenandoah at 
home and cruised to a 71-55 victory to 
boost their record to 2-3 going into final 
exams. After the exam break, the Key- 
dets headed out west for two games. The 
first, against the University of Texas, was 
a close one, but the Longhorns dropped 
VMI 85-76. The team then traveled to 
Tulsa, Oklahoma, to take on Oral Rob- 
erts University. Led by Ramon Williams" 
34 points and 12 rebounds, the Keydets 
downed their hosts by a final score of 84- 

Center Bobby Gardner said the road 
trip was a success despite the 1-1 record. 
"We're in a rebuilding year," he said. 
"This trip was an opportunity for us to 
play some tough teams. It was a good 
experience for a young team." 

The experience was not evident howev- 
er, as the Keydets returned to the Old 
Dominion to face both the University of 
Richmond and William and .Mary on the 
road. In Richmond, VMI got behind ear- 
ly in the contest and never threatened the 
Spiders, who coasted to an 88-55 victory. 
In Williamsburg, VMI blew an early 13 
point lead and allowed the Indians to 
take control in the second half. The 69- 
59 loss was the Keydets sixth of the sea- 
son against only three wins. 

The first Southern Conference game 
of the season for VMI was at home, with 
the Keydets entertaining the Davidson 
Wildcats. The Wildcats managed to pull 
off a squeaker, 66-64. in a hard fought 
contest. VMI then traveled to East Ten- 
nessee and were beaten by 21. 86-65. The 
Keydets then dropped their third confer- 
ence game, losing 98-82 to Appalachian 
State. The Keydets were led by Bobby 
Gardner's 24 points and eight rebounds. 
The loss was the low point of the season 

Rcnard Johnson drives past a Radford defender (top). Johnson left school in early January, which hampered 
the Keydets efforts on the court. Team captain Steve looker brings the ball up the floor against William and 
Mar> (left! Ramon Williams moves against Richmond's Rodney Rice (above). 

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for the Keydets, as it dropped their mark 
to 3-9 overall, 0-3 in the conference. 

The Keydets next began a six game 
home stand, which included five confer- 
ence games, the first of which was 
against the league leading Thundering 
Herd of Marshall. The Keydets, led by 
Damon Williams' 24 points and Mark 
Craft's seven rebounds, gave the Herd 
fits before dropping a 64-62 decision. 

Next for the Keydets was another strong 
conference foe, the Paladins of Furman. 
The Paladins were not as fortunate as the 
Thundering Herd, however, as they left 
Cameron Hall on the short end of a 69- 
60 score. The Williams twins combined 
for 36 points, and Mark Craft added 12 
points and 10 rebounds to lead VMI. 
Arch-rival The Citadel next ventured 
into Cameron Hall, only to be chewed up 
and spit out by the Keydets, who were led 
by Damon Williams with 24 points, and 
Ramon Williams added 18 points. The 
Keydets never trailed in this game, and 
shot nearly 62% from the floor in defeat- 
ing the Bulldogs 77-63. 

The following game the Keydets 
squared off against Bluefield in a non- 
conference matchup. The Keydets left 
their usual perimeter oriented attack and 
instead went inside, where Gardner and 
freshman Greg Fittz delivered, each 
scoring 10 points and hauling down 13 
rebounds between them. Bluefield was no 
match for the Keydets, who won their 
third straight in a 94-80 romp over the 
visitors. The win upped the team's mark 
to 6-10 overall, and 2-4 in the Southern 

U.S. Olympic coach John Thompson, head coach 
at Georgetown, watches his Hoyas down the Key- 
dets in the Capitol Centre (top left). Ramon Wil- 
liams pops a jumper in Rodney Rice's face in the 
game against Richmond (far left). Senior Bobby 
Gardner looks to pass against William and Mary 
(left). Gardner was impressive on several occasions 
this season, and scored 27 points in an OT loss to 
Marshall. Damon Williams looks to drive the lane 
against William and Mary (below left). 


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1 1987-1988 KEYDETS: Row 1 — Steven Dorsey, Ramon Williams, Renard 
u Johnson, Steve Tooker (captain), Damon Williams, Lennon Mings. Row 2 — 
? Bill Dowd, Mark Craft, Greg Fittz. Thad Tegtmeyer. Michael Williams, Bobby 
,S Gardner. 

Sports 363 

Following the Blueficld win. ihc Key- 
dets entertained the Catamounts of West- 
ern Carolina University. The Keydets 
were going for their fourth straight win. 
but the Catamounts were to deny them on 
this Saturday afternoon. The Cats shot 
60^^ from the floor, and though the Key- 
dets played well, they came up on the short 
end of an 80-79 score. The Keydets were 
led by Damon Williams" 27 points, and 
Bobby Gardner added 16 points and 
pulled down a season-high 14 rebounds. 

Next for VMl at home were the Mocca- 
sins of Tennessee-Chattanooga. UTC had 
always posed a formidable obstacle for the 
Keydets. as VMI had not beaten the Mocs 

smce 19iS5. Led by Gardner's 18 point and 
six rebound performance, the Keydets cor- 
rected the situation with a 68-61 victory 
over the Moccasins. Damon Williams 
chipped in with 17 points. Ramon Wil- 
liams added 13. and freshman Ricky 
Mears had eight points for the Keydets. 

Gardner noted the importance of the 
L TC win, and of the long home stand that 
the team had just completed. "The UTC 
win was a big. big win for our young 
team." he said, "and it may be a turning 
point for us. We capped off a good homes- 
tand. now the main thing is to do well on 
the road swing we have coming up." 

Head coach Joe Cantafio agreed. "It 

was quite a win for VMI." he said. "We 
were picked to finish last in the league in 
preseason and 1 think most people thought 
we wouldn't win a game in the conference. 
Now we are three and five." 

A key factor in the Keydets" turnaround 
was the play of Mears at the point guard 
position. Mears stepped in when Renard 
Johnson left school, scoring 45 points over 
the homestand. Mears" penetration also 
opened up the passing lanes inside, en- 
abling Gardner and Mark Craft to con- 
tribute more offensively. "Ricky has 
stepped in and done just a great job," said 

The resurgent Keydets journeyed to 

The Keydets huddle up to give Damon Williams some eneouragement before he steps to the line (bottom left). 
Damon prepares to inbound the ball (left). Bobb\ Gardner hauls down this rebound with authority (below). 
Bobby's mid-season scoring outburst was a big factor in the team's improved play. 

364 Sports 


Lennon Mings pulls down a rebound for the Kcydets 
against Davidson (below). Bobby Gardner plays like 
a guard in driving lo the hoop against Richmond 
(below right). Mark Craft puts up a shot inside the 
lane against William & Mary (bottom). Lennon 
Mings slams the ball home despite the efforts of 
William & Mary's Curtis Pride, who is getting it 
shoved down his throat. Meow! (bottom right). 

Huntington, West Virginia, to take on the 
Thundering Herd of Marshall. The Key- 
dets trailed by 13 points at the half, but 
came roaring back in the second half be- 
hind the 27 point performance of Bobby 
Gardner. The Keydets forced the game 
into overtime with a three point shot by 
Ramon Williams. In the overtime period 
however, the Keydets could not get the 
breaks they needed, and Marshall 
squeaked past the Keydets for the second 
time, 95-91. 

VMI next traveled to Davidson to play 
the Wildcats. The team trailed by ten 
points at halftime, but once again came 
roaring back. This time they were not to be 
denied, as they claimed a 59-55 victory by 
shooting 55% in the second half and hit- 
ting six of eight free throws down the 
stretch. It was the first win for the Keydets 
at Davidson since the 1979-80 season. 
"This is a great win for our program, espe- 
cially after the heartbreaking loss at Mar- 
shall on Thursday," said Cantafio. The 
Keydets improved their record to 4-6 in 
the conference and 8-12 overall. 

The Keydets then returned home to host 
East Tennessee's Buccaneers. The Bucs 
once again had the hot hand, and dropped 
the Keydets 77-61. 

The team was not disheartened, howev- 
er. The team had won five of their last 
eight games and seemed to have found the 
game plan that worked best for them. 
"The goal," noted Gardner, "is to peak at 
tournament time. We seem to be moving 
in that direction. Coach changed our of- 
fense to a flex, which involves more off the 
ball movement from all five men on the 
floor, and it has worked very well." 

With six games remaining before the 
conference tourney, the Keydets were as- 
sured of a spot in the tournament. With 
the continued high level of play from 
Gardner, Mears, and the Williams twins, 
the Keydets will be a factor in the quest 
for the tournament championship. 


Sports 365 

Swinging Away 


The VMI baseball team completed the 
1987 season with a 16-16-1 record to fin- 
ish with its best campaign in 22 years. 

With no home field because of renova- 
tion work to Patchin Field, the Keydets 
battled as the visiting team in 24 of 33 
contests but still managed to reach the 
.500 mark for the first time since 1965 
when VMI compiled a 1 5-9 mark. The 1 6 
wins also tied a school record for most 
wins in a season established by the 1984 
and 1985 squads. 

The Keydets made their most impres- 
sive showing in Southern Conference 
play by finishing second in the Southern 
Conference North Division with an 8-4 
record and qualifying for the conference 
tournament. After suffering a 16-4 
thumping at the hands of Western Caro- 
lina in the opening round, VMI battled 
its way to the championship bracket by 
eliminating Davidson 15-7 and North 
Division rival Appalachian State 11-10 
in 10 innings. In the championship final. 
Western Carolina won the rematch 9-4 
to claim the conference title and their 
third consecutive trip to the NCAA tour- 

Bolstered by the hitting performances 
of four starters, the team hit a record 
.301 and averaged 7.4 runs a game. Sec- 
ond baseman Gary Sibayan led the team 
in hitting with a .359 average, followed 
by Ben Walker (.355) and shortstop Criss 
Finwood (.354). John Parrott belted a 
team high 1 1 home runs and Walker 
paced the team with 42 RBTs. 

The big surprise in the pitching was 
Mike Doczi who registered a 3-0 record 
and 4.64 ERA in 12 relief appearances. 
Doczi's wins included a tournament deci- 
sion over Appalachian State and a vic- 
tory over Virginia Tech in extra innings. 
Todd Tilley was VMTs most dependable 
starter and finished 4-3. The pitching 
staff struck out a record 207 batters over 
the course of the season. 

The strong finish was an appropriate 

Piichcr Mark Craft hurls one down the pipe (upper 
right), VMI's pitching staff was a key ingredient in 
the Keydet's success. Chris Bunn reaches down to 
put the tag on a JMU baserunner (right). 


@ Duke 

@ Rollins College 
@ Wake Forest 
@ Maine 



@ James Madison 
@ Radford 




@ East Tennessee St. 
@ East Tennessee St. 



(3) Marshall 
@ Marshall 


@ Appalachian St. 
@ Appalachian St. 
@ Lynchburg 
@ Richmond 


(3) Virginia 
@ Southern Conference 


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tribute to head coach Donny White '65, 
who announced to the team prior to the 
conference tournament that the season 
would be his last. Coach White built a 
competitive program during his seven 
year tenure, inheriting a team in 1982 
that had finished 3-37 the previous year, 
he led the Keydets over a six year span to 
85 wins, two Southern Conference tour- 
nament appearances, and victories over 
state rivals James Madison, Virginia, 
and Virginia Tech. Col. Paul Maini was 
named to be his replacement for the up- 
coming fall season. 

In the fall season, the Keydets worked 
out some rough spots en route to a 5-3 
record. VMI split games with James 
Madison, Navy, and the University of 
Virginia, then dispatched of both Lynch- 
burg and Radford with a hitting barrage 
that led to 23 runs in two games. 

The team appeared to be on roughly 
the same path as the previous season, and 
the Keydets expect to reach .500 at least 
this season. The team showed flashes of 
brilliance in the fall, and if the kinks can 
be worked out, the Keydets can be title 
contenders in the Southern Conference 
in 1988. 

First baseman Chris Bunn makes a play at first 
(left). In addition to his good fielding, Chris hit 
,269 for the season. Tom Slater takes a big cut in 
the Madison game (below). Slater hit .263 on the 
vear for the Revdets. 

Sports 367 

Season of Promise 


In 1987, VMI lacrosse made a strong 
bid to establish itself as a program to 
watch in future years, especially in 1988. 

Unable to establish its roots because of 
three different coaches in the first three 
seasons as a varsity sport, the program is 
now enjoying the steady course under head 
coach Doug Bartlett. Bartlett emphasized 
a high gear transition offense that jumped 
on opponents early and often. 

The Keydets, coming off a 9-5 cam- 
paign in 1987 and a 3-0 fall schedule, were 
poised to conquer new territory for VMI 
lacrosse. The team entered the season with 
the highest level of confidence and enthu- 
siam since the sport gained varsity status 
in 1983. 

Head coach Doug Bartlett expressed 
optimism as well. "We had a great year 
last year and made strides in the right 
direction," said Bartlett, now in his third 
year at VMI. "We set a school record for 
wins and were only two goals away from 
being 11-3 ... but, we're not satisfied." 

The challenge for the Keydets would be 
to continue the momentum gained from 
the previous season against a tougher 


@ Air Force 
@ University of Denver 
@ Colorado College 
@ Mary Washington 
@ Virginia 





@ Randolph-Macon 

@ Lynchburg 
@ Guilford 
@ Washington & Lee 

(1st Annual Lee- Jackson 

schedule. Division III powers Hampden- 
Sydney and Washington and Lee are on 
the schedule again, but an addition is pe- 
rennial ACC and national power Virginia. 

The Keydets answered this challenge 
with the nation's leading scorer in 1987 
and pre-season Ail-American David 
Hope. Hope scored 56 goals in '87, and 
opponents would be on the lookout in an 
effort to contain his explosiveness. With 
Hope becoming so popular with oppo- 
nents, John Ancona and Pete Tunnard 
were expected to pick up the scoring. 

A rugged and experienced defense, 
nicknamed "The Dogs", was led by the 
senior duo of John Kay and Ted Wilkin- 
son. In addition, goalie Tom Towers, who 
registered 127 saves in '87, and five other 
defensive players returned to give VMI 
experience, depth, and leadership. The de- 
fensive unit got its name, according to 
Kay, due to the fact that they "root 
around" and are aggressive. 

Kevin Helmick scoops a shot past ODU's goalie to 
score in the Keydet's 13-1 rout. 

Sports 369 

370 Sports 

PRECEEDING PAGE: Grant Kiehl lowers the 
boom on an opposing player from Old Dominion (far 
left). The Keydets worked the Monarchs over as well, 
to the tune of 13-1. Goalie Tom Towers makes a save 
in the Tech game (left). Kiehl goes airborne, blowing 
past this Hokie to make a fast break pass (middle 
left). Ted Wilkinson passes off to Kiehl in order to set 
up a play (below, far left). W & L"s goalie can't 
prevent this Keydet score in last spring's contest (be- 
low center). The Minks won the game however, 15-9. 
THIS PAGE; Tom Spivey celebrates after another 
Keydet score against powerful Washington & Lee 
(below). With VMI's high powered offense, this 
scene was repeated many times over, Attackman 
John Ancona takes on two Minks in a lopsided skir- 
mish (below right). The Minks may have won the 
game, but Ancona lumbered over these two boys. 

All photos: Chris Clark 

The picture is promising at midfield 
where athletic ability and foot speed has 
been improving. Grant Kiehl, Steve King, 
and Tom Spivey — all returning starters 
— will bolster the vital Keydet transition 
game. Rats William Coleman and Andrew 
Lawerence are expected to see consider- 
able playing time as well. 

When the fall schedule rolled around, 
the VMI laxmen were eager to prove what 
they could do. Excitement was high, but 
there were no letdowns in the opener. Us- 
ing a combination of high-powered offense 
and tenacious defense, VMI downed Old 
Dominion 13-1. Team co-captain John 
Kay, "The Neutralizer", led the Keydets 
on defense, and offensively the team was 
led by Dave Hope, who scored four goals. 
Hope played only one half. 

Radford was next for the Keydets, and 
they provided some competition. VMI was 
prepared however, and blew open a tight 
game in the second half, winning 12-7. 
Hope once again led the Keydets in scor- 

ing for the game. 

The final victim for VMI this fall season 
was the Hokies of Virginia Tech. Hope led 
the Keydets with five goals, and "The 
Dogs" stifled the boys from Blacksburg, 
20-0. Reserve goalie Brian Duffy had sev- 
eral nice saves to preserve the shutout for 
the Keydets. 

The team got off to an excellent 3-0 
start, and the players were excited about 
their chances in the spring. "The team has 
advanced a great deal in the fall", said 
John Kay. "This is by far the best team 
we've had here", he said. "The new guys 
are coming on, and we have a balanced 

With continued confidence and more 
victories, VMI lacrosse will continue to be 
strong in years to come. 

Sports 371 

Grappling Keydets 


After doubling as an assistant football 
coach. Coach John Trudgeon led the 
grapplers into the toughest wrestling 
schedule in the history of VMI wrestling. 
The Keydets opponents included nation- 
ally ranked Univ. of N.C. and Arizona 
State. Coach Trudgeon was helped by 
Assistant Coach Ben Walker who 
coached the team during the football sea- 
son. Although injuries and VMI regula- 
tions took several wrestlers out of action, 
the team was still left with a solid core of 
seven returning letterman. This core was 
supplemented by the horde of rats who 
filled out the team. While their lack of 
experience in college wrestling posed a 
depth problem for this season, this young 
Keydet team should be successful in the 
future. Even though matched against the 
toughest teams around. Coach Trudgeon 
and his grapplers still managed to win 
two big upsets against Old Dominion 
Univ. and Princeton. 

Although only compiling a 6-7 record 
in his third season as VMI's wrestling 
coach, Trudgeon's successful coaching 
was reflected by the outstanding success 
of several wrestlers. While struggling as a 
team, these wrestlers experienced several 
highlights as the season progressed. The 

RIGHT: Eric Woodhouse works his UNC oppo- 
nent while, BOTTOM: Brad Johnson attempts to 
turn his man. 

1987-1988 Results 






Virginia Tech 


Arizona U. 




Brigham Young U. 


William & Mary 




North Carolina 


Old Dominion 







Virginia State Tournament proved that 
these wrestlers had what it took to be 
champions. VMFs Eric "Woody" Wood- 
house led the Keydets not only off the 
mat as the team captain, but also on the 
mat as well. He captured his 3rd state 
title by winning 5 straight matches. The 
other VMI finalist. Bob Zoeke, finished a 
close second when he lost in the last 10 
seconds of his final match. The Keydets 
also had two wrestlers to finish 3rd in the 
State tournament: Eric Ames and Jay 
Smaaladen. Eric Woodhouse also won 5 
in a row at ODU for the Eastern Nation- 
als and became the first Eastern Nation- 
al champion for VMI. 

M2 Sports 

The UNC match was a hard fought one. This Key- 
det struggles with his Tarheel opponent in an effort 
to throw him to the mat (top). First classman and 
two-time state champion Eric Woodhouse goes for 
the take down move(top). Woodhouse used his ex- 
perience and quickness to defeat many of his oppo- 
nents this year. Cloyd Tavenner gets a foot hold, 
trying to flip his opponent in order to get a pin 

Sports 373 

Making Waves 


This years swim team is in a rebuilding 
year under new head coach Ken "Iron- 
man" Duncan. Throughout the early part 
of the season, the team did alot of distance 
work in preparation for the upcoming sea- 
son. The tough workouts paid off in a val- 
iant effort which resulted in obtaining 
third place at the state meet at James 
Madison University in December. To get 
the team back in shape after Christmas 
break, the team fined tuned its abilities in 
a week of Special High Intensity Training 
in Sarasota, Florida during the first week 
of January. Many miles were put in daily s 
as the team was whipped back into shape. 1 
The highlight of the trip was a special | 
ocean swim conducted in the -23 degree 5 
gulf water under the attack of killer peli- ' 
cans. Another bright spot of the trip was 

the presence of the North Dakota State 
women's team who made the nights there 

The team did well in January consider- 
ing that every team we swam had extreme- 
ly large numbers of swimmers whereas 
V.M.I would often only take 8 people to a 
meet. Lack of numbers was a big problem 
for the team this year. Coach Duncan ex- 
pects a good recruiting year this year to 
help alleviate this problem. Also, the team 
will lose only one first classman. Rick 
Donovan, who set a school breast stroke 
record this year. This year's second class 
was very strong, led by breast strokers 
Matt Ahns and John Osborn and frees- 
tyler Rick Skiff. The rats this year did well 
providing the team with over half of its 
members. The emergence of the rats was 

Charlie Tujo. one of the better l.M. swimmers on the team, displays form and 
determination in his search for victory. 

374 Sports 

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important because it shows that Coach 
Duncan's first recruiting class has started 
to move the team out from its "no name" 
existence, especially Ed Dunnington who 
set a school record in the 1000 free this 
year. If Coach Duncan can get the recruits 
next year, the team should do well next 
year and should be very strong in three 

The biggest problem the team will have 
in the coming years will be lack of funds. 
The team has always been at the bottom of 
the athletic department's Christmas list 
and unless this is changed, there will be no 
growth of the team. Although Coach Dun- 
can has tried to raise funds by extracting 
money from the team itself, the swimming 
program needs much more to be success- 

right — Wade Wilhim strokes hard in the 100 free- 
. Bottom Right — Lowell Willson strives for a v.\n in , 
the 200 Back. Bottom — Tom Tolley dives to near 

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Sports 375 

A New Look 


The VMl golf team started the "New 
Look" program this year under the tute- 
lage of new head coach, Reggie Webb '75. 
The main points of Coach Webb's pro- 
gram were to concentrate on each and ev- 
ery shot, work on the fundamentals, and 
above all, for the cadets on the team to 
enjoy themselves, be it in competition or in 
practice. The golf team was in the process 
of rebuilding this year, but in the years to 
come Coach Webb will have a very com- 
petitive squad. 

This year's edition has already shown 
marked improvement in the two fall tour- 
naments in which they have competed, and 
the team is confident that the trend will 

.Jim H\ncs shows good form off the tc 

(Top) THE 1987-88 VMl GOLF TEAM — FIRST ROW (left to right): Ian Duthie, Andrew Gillespie 
(captain), Dave Conforti. SECOND ROW; Quill Hcalcy, Jim Hynes, Mike Crotty, Cal Lloyd. 

(Above) Quill Healey blasls out of the bunker and on to the green. 

376 Sports 

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Ian Duthie follows his approach shot (top). 
Andy Gillespie chips from the rough (above). 

Mike Crotty uses the chip and run shot, hoping to run the ball up to the pin for an easy par (above). 

continue and that they will be more com- 
petitive in the spring season. The team will 
compete in the William & Mary Invita- 
tional at Kingsmill. the Virginia State 
Tournament in Hot Springs, and the 
Southern Conference Tournament in 
Charlotte, N.C. 

The golf team was lead this year by first 
classman and team captain Andy Gillespie 
and a strong, young supporting cast, con- 
sisting of third' classmen Quill Healey and 
Cal Lloyd, and fourth classman Dave Con- 
forti. These three golfers will be strong 
building blocks for future teams. 

Sports 377 

Organized Chaos 

Looking at the sport of Rugby, most 
Americans become confused very quick- 
ly. This fast paced, fluid sport combines 
the hard hitting bone crunching action of 
American football with the fluid, fast 
paced action of hockey or lacrosse. Rug- 
by is a sport enjoyed by only the most 
sadistic of people, and provides a great 
chance to release pent up frustrations. 

Looking at the technical side of Rugby 
we are introduced into a whole new vo- 
cabulary. Scrum, Line out. Try, #8, 
Prop etc. We have neither the space to 
explain the whole sport, nor would the 
reader appreciate it since the only ones 
probably reading this are rugby players. 
Anyway, to those who are uneducated in 
the sport of rugby the best way to learn 
about the sport is to play it. Go ahead!, 
what have you got to lose? A few teeth, a 
couple of broken bones, a fractured skull, 
a small price to pay for a few hours of 
enjoyment. Who knows, maybe that 
won't happen to you, instead you could 
do it to someone else. Wouldn't that be 
great? Well, watch a game of rugby and 
enjoy all the action. 

(.ibinc) .\ Kc>dcl rugger lakcb the ball in for a try! 
Wow! what a sport! (top right) ,Ioe Swidcr and 
another hard hilling Kcydel rugger struggle for the 
ball in a fierce melee, (right) The scrum in action, a 
test of strength and strategy. This is where Rugby 
gets its name '\>rgani7cd chaos" 


378 Sports 

(top left) A kcsdct tjkcs a good hit from the encm) 
and looks to pass the ball off. (lop right) Finney 
Coleman gets stuck while running up field and 
looks for a teammate, (left) The true violence of the 
scrum is shown as the Keydets destroy their oppo- 
nents, (above )Brandon Baca shows the strain of a 
hard campaign as he pitches off the ball to a fellow 

Sports 379 


Off and Running 

^^■1 TRACK 

The VMl track and cross country 
teams continued in their winning ways 
during the 1987 - 88 campaign. A short 
spring season was highlighted by a sec- 
ond place finish in the Southern Confer- 
ence outdoor meet held in Boone, N.C., 
and an impresive tri meet win over in- 
state rivals James Madison and William 
and Mary. In the first meet to be held on 
the newly refurbished H.M. "Son" Read 
'16 Memorial outdoor track, the Keydets 
raced to a 96-63-38 victory over JMU 
and William and Mary. In the Southern 
Conference meet the team accumulated 
118 1/2 points and won two events. 

Returning in the fall the cross country 
team took the torch and continued the 
track programs successful season. The 
highly motivated team, lead by first 
classman Greg Hoofnagle, ran extremely 
well on the whole and was bolstered by 
excellent preformances by the under- 
classmen and rats. The highlight of the 
season was a narrow victory over South- 
ern Conference champion Marshall. The 
team placed a dissapointing fourth in the 
S.C. tournament, but Hoofnagle placed 
an impressive third overall. 

As winter approached things moved 
inside as the VMI indoor track season 
began. From the outset the indoor team 
looked strong. The key events to the sea- 

Cross Country 


12 @ ODU Invitational 

19 (a Davidson Invitational 


3 (a William and Mary, 


17 @ UVA Invitational 

31 (a) Southern Conf. 



. 14 @ Region 3 Qualifying 

Indoor Track 




22-23 @ Eastman Kodak 

29-30 @ Bud Lite-Marriot 




19-20 @ Southern Conf. 



10-12 @ NCAA 


son were the Bud Lite Invitational and 
the VMI Relays, along, of course with 
the state and conference tournaments. 
The Bud Lite turned gold for second 
classman Mario Small, as he won the 500 
meters. Gold was also taken by the two 
mile relay team. The teams preformance 
in the VMI relays was even more impres- 

OPPOSITE PAGE, Aubrey Walton is seen hurling 
Ihc discus. Aubrey was the Keydets leading man in 
shot (46'3 1/2 ), discus ( 1 3V4) and hammer (1 33'3). 
BELOW. Greg Hoofnagle and Del Williams finish 1- 
2 in the I .SOO meters 

BELOW, Bobby Harris and Keith Washington '87 
explode from the blocks in the tri meet against James 
Madison and William and Marv. 

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Sports 381 

sive. Small was the meets MVP, leading 
a Keydet team that took four first places, 
four seconds, and two thirds. Coach 
Mike Bozeman was pleased with the re- 
sults, commenting "The results are very- 
good but we have to stay healthy and 
strong going into the S.C. meet. If we can 
go in 1001^ it will be the first time in a 
long time that we have a clearcut advan- 
tage over Appalachian State and the 
conference." The team did in fact go into 
the tournament healthy, and blew away 
the opposition in claiming the Southern 
Conference Championship. 

With the indoor title under their belts, 
the team looked forward to taking the 
conference outdoor title as well. If 
healthy, the Keydets should be the team 
to beat. 

This Page, RIGHT.Coley Rice prepares to lake the 
baton from Drew Stewart. BELOW. Brain Butler 
and Del Williams, distance running seniors, BOT- 
TOM RIGHT. Ken Kovac. hurls the discus. Oppo- 
site Page. TOP LEFT. Aubrey Walton puts the 
shot.TOP. Martin Castillo pulls into the lead in the 
fmal stretch, MIDDLE LEFT.Del Williams goes 
over the top in the steeplechase. Drew Stewart high 
jumping. MIDDLE RIGHT, and runnmg the ^im 
hurdles with Scott Griffea. BOTTOM, 

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Sports 383 

Success Stories 


"The VMI miracle continues in the East. 
In what must rank as one of the most 
incredible basketball achievements of all 
time, Virginia Military Institute is now 
one of the final eight teams contending 
for the NCAA championship." 

— Roanoke Times, 19 March 1976 

The years 1975-76 and 1976-77 saw 
VMI basketball rise to prominence on 
the national level, after years of losing 
records. Conference champs in 1975-76, 
the Keydets went to the NCAA tourna- 
ment and upset nationally ranked Ten- 
nessee and Depaul. Advancing to the fin- 
als of the East Regionals, one game from 
the Final Four, the Keydets were stopped 
by #3 ranked Rutgers. The following 
year, the Keydets won 21 staight games, 
were nationally ranked and won the con- 
ference tournament, and defeated Du- 
quesne in the NCAA tourney before 
losing to #3 ranked Kentucky. 

In football, the Keydets were confer- 
ence champs in 1974 and 1977. In 1981, 
they were one of only eight unbeaten 
teams in the country after six weeks, and 
defeated Army and Virginia Tech. 

It can happen here — it is a fact. The 
determination of Keydet teams, in any 
sport, gives them the ability to become 

The corps and ihe Icam celebrate VMI's 14-7 viclory over Army in 
l')8l (below left) The scoreboard lells ihe story as Tennessee falls to 
the Kcvdets in the 1976 NCAA tourney (bottotn left! Ronnie Moore 
celebrates a TD catch in the 1974 Southern Conference title game vs 
East Carolina (below) VMI among the basketball giants. 1977 (right) 





















Cole Field House 



March 17 "••<! <1. 1977 




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For The Record 




@ Appalachian State 10-27 

WOFFORD 27-11 

(a Virginia 0-30 

@ The Citadel 7-3 


@ Marshall 7-42 

William & Mary (@ Norfolk) . . 6-17 

@ Furman 0-38 

UT-C 0-31 

Conference: 2-4-0 
Overall: 4-7-0 


Princeton W 

Drexel ^ • L 

Virginia Tech W 

Arizona L 

North Carolina L 

Brigham Young L 

William & Mary L 

Carson-Newman W 

North Carolina L 

Old Dominion W 

Liberty L 

The Citadel W 

Furman W 



RADFORD 68-88 

a Georgetown 45-8 1 

ROANOKE 50-51 


a Texas 76-85 

a Oral Roberts 84-78 

g Richmond 55-88 

@ William & Mary 59-69 


@ East Tennessee St 65-86 

@ Appalachian St 82-98 

MARSI4ALL 62-64 

FURMAN 69-60 




UT-C 68-61 

a Marshall 91-95(OT) 

S Davidson 59-55 



@ The Citadel 59-64 

@ Furman 64-82 


@ Tennessee-Chattanooga 70-77 

@ Western Carolina 75-69 


Furman 78-73 

East Tennessee St 79-60 

UT-C ....61-75 

2nd Overall 



James Madison 3-9 

James Madison 4-3 

Navy 2-3 

Navy 8-1 

Virginia 1-9 

Virginia 4-1 

Lynchburg 8-3 

Radford 15-11 

5 Wins, 3 Losses 


FALL RESULTS: (3 Wins, Losses) 






Longwood 322-3 1 4 

Radford 322-320 

UR-VCU Invitational 18th 

Kingsmill Invitational 17th 

Va. State Tourney 9th 

Southern Conf. Tourney 9th 



Dual Meet 2-0 


State Tourney 9th 

Sports 385 

The Year 

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In Sports 

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We ^or\r\CK E/\t you ALWE. ^efraus^ 
yow're PATS ano(wet^«^e once RATS ^ 
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e ^^«cl entered ff,^ [)^^|^ f\<]ts ! 

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...and tean^W RMI'il\e. " A«^i^tf\\<.S ! 

^hese boys ^re sf/// sane/ X w^^-f 
Vrr- Tre^f^''^^ CRAZY //^^ '^;?. > 

We We Wor/^lB c/o / 

IV^ /)ci'fe wow b^cavse, (jOiA<jre -i/\i>Js- 
ctn^i -we i<t/ere once /X/r^^" 6>^ri(^^re nouj 

Enemy /yO~ J,n.7/ /y^/f, Stt<\ !>^TJ^^'ir 6eft C\jJorst^} 

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/D/on. Vjen-f' /Kio action. / 

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OQg p/flce /o go/ye our di/emoj j JA^ ir\f', I tre^Tien op.. 

-Spe.6 f real ly , Ar my ff rs^nnc I / 


'51 t^/ays to h\ll yJiik ye>arf/^i/mbi «t/\J 1 uv'i tf\ your 
except ^rfkf. /\os<i.-^'^<f\r\i*jve^^cJar\ Tiso u/A^> 

A/7' ^"^ 

Uy\f>rece.<ls.n'tedy a Fee/mj of^ pride 
a f\<J s^iF f expect <rc{me. io T^e 

'€vri fy 

A\asj OiH ^ood th'inqs nnvsf'eVer^-f'oal/y <:onr\eie) cnr\end 

^f\e^e hoys ^^ 


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ink v^eirea-j- 
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We retirned 2-^" Clan yeQ^,f/)€,^ ,-fhJie Con Ftordeti tv/ /A 

F'ir^CiaSS year flund P-^ nn^tricu/ai/on day sv^aa)pe<i 
l^yiU ^e?5. r/ie "horrors'' of 7^c Corps s^ie^ 
were laid bare For aj| -to S<2Z/ 

VI\H\ d'lsa^us efrecf5... 

BarrocIvS IS b^ing r<c/ene . to+A 'ir^sije and oi/t . 
The. olJ is be'/>g sir'pped ai^ay to (^\/^l.. 

/^rsj tvKere -frue aofhfit'ity I I'es y 



fr«af«d f^<lr future Suf>poct/nj 
5^pporf; U/e'// give "tKem 

Oft -f/ie S'O'A yeqr «^/<>sJ oCMV^rs^r^/^ 

I'ng K'l/n nof «^ C^ecV bof'a 

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"What doth the Lord require of 
thee, but to do justly, and to lone 
mercy, and to walk humbly with 
thy God" 

micah 6:8 



"The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we 
stand, as in what direction we are moving." 

Oliv er W ejdeH Holmes 

We are so very, very proud of you 
and love you very much! 

Dad, Mom, Kathy, Lee, Tammy 
and Grandma Gooch 












CLASS OF 1988! 

Dad, Mom, 
Sandy, Lulu, 
Felix, Figaro, 

Nipper and 

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CLASS OF 1989 


400 Advertisements 


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We are all very proud of you and love you very much. 
Mom. Chuck & Cris 





Advertisements 401 

Michael Clegg 


Class of '88 

congratulations and 
uccess in future endeavors 





Congratulations j 

CadetWilliam H. Cronenberglll 
You've made us very proud 

We love you 
Mom, Dad, Craig and Chris 

'\%u are whafyou resolv^o be;;^ 
. /' and you will continue to be 

We are, as always, 
very proud of you. 


much love, 

%,^>f Dad, Mom, and Ken 




r We are all so proud of you 
and love you so very much — 

Mom, Dad, Anne, Joe & George 



402 AdvcrtisciiK-nts 


M^ntiires out into 
Uie \\ orld in tlieir 
\ cirioiis dJR^ctioas, 
it's recissiiring to 
know that tliey'rc 
leci\ijig a p^irt of 
them behind. A 
lixing legacy of sorts. 
I)a\id I lope. 
X'MJ's number 17. 
1 )a\'e's decided 
u stick \\it]i\ An 
lo pkiy out liis last 
\'ear of lacrosse 
eligibility. I le s made 
his famil\- proud. 
,Vnd lies made die 
Ke\ dels proud. 
After all. wont we 
ail leel better know- 
ing tliat tliere's 
still Hope for tlie 
class of '89? 

Advertisements 403 

404 Advertisements 








CkMSbUNN '88 


BEST wishes! 





CLASS OF 1988 







Advertisements 405 

With fond VMI memories 

and pride in what you have accomplished, 

we wish you a lifetime of happiness and success 





The Class of 1988 

our Love 


406 Advcnisenients 




Daniel Curtis Young 

"If your determination is fixed, 

I do not counsel you to despair. 

Few things are impossible to 

diligence and skills . . . Great 

works are performed, not by strength, 

but perseverance." 


With love and pride. 

Mom, Dad, Dave 

Lolly, Glen 

Uncle Dave 




Stephen M. Morris 


You may be whatever you resolve 
to be. 


Mom, Dad, 

Wil, Bryan, 

and Brad 



David Kirkland Wade 


"lives of great men all remind us 
We can make our lives sublime 
And, departing, leave behind us 
Footprints on the sands of lime 

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 

We love you — 
Mom, Dad, ;and Kim 



CLASS OF 1988 









Stephen T. Champion 


"little fella" 

We are proud of you 

with love. 

Mom and Dad 

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408 Advertisements 








BASSET, VA. 24055 






Membet Chairmans Club 

Read M Northen Jr "77 

Vice President 

EF Hullon & Company Inc 

629 Easi Mam Sireel 

Richmond VA 23219 

Telephone (804) 780 3367 

(800) 533-4160 Within VA 
(800) 833 5522 Outside VA 


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H. Hobbs Goodwin 

Forest Avenue Financial Building, 71 10 Forest Avenue. 
Richmond. Va. 23226 (804) 288-6101 


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Advertisements 409 


Cadet Phiiiji (J. Roberts ill 
Class of 1988 
iov'e/^Monv, DadL and Sac 







That man is a success 

Who thinks his own 


And sets his own course 

Who lives b> his own 


And creates his own 


To each of our sons in Room 

Ma\ success continue to follow in your path and may the 
\alues that VMI has instilled in you guide you all the days of 
your life. We love you and are so very proud of all your 


Mom, Dad, and Jennifer 


keeps honour bright 




Keep on climbing! 

Mom and Dad 

With Love and Pride 
Mom and Dad 

Bill, Bob & Liz 

Congratulations to : 

Cadet Micheal V. Pannell 

and The class of 1988 

we love you and are 

very proud of you 

Mom & Dad 

410 ^d^crtl^cmcnls 

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Direct Dial Phone 


Meeting Rooms 

AARP; Rates 

Commercial Rates 

Major Credit Cards 


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Keep the spirit alive 
Fm still with you, 



Admiral Farragut 



Christian A. Comberg 


Mami, Papa, and Carsten 

Omi and Oti 

Es bildet ein Talent sich in der Stille, 
Sich ein Charakter in dem Strom der Welt. 

Tasso, GOETHE 


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Lt Brian Demers 

Thanks for the VMI memories 
and a job well done. 
We're proud of you. 


Mom, Dad, 

Michael, and 


Congratulations to the class of 1988! 


of Richmond 



129 Turner Road, Richond, VA 23225 
(804) 745-1200 

come on class of 1990! 

41 2 Advcniscmcnts 

;^^MARK DOYLE '88 



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D)^ih lave andp^'tdey 
yftom and I)ad^ 

















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414 Advertisements 

Sfiordim ^ags 

1387 Lupine Dr. 

St. Joseph, Michigan 49085 





BABER, 1988 

a successful manuever 

With pride 

and great love, 


Halmode Apparel INC 


738 Weriz Rd 
Roanoke ¥a 2401: 

Hopkins Travel,, 

3117 Franklin Road 
Roanoke VA 24014 

Shawn Paul Evans 

You dreamed 

You risked 
You struggled 
You perserved 

From the beginning we've 
watched you accomplish 
What you set out to do. 
Wo are all proud of you 

Mom, Dad, Jason, Abby & Ricky 

You have made us proud and 
happy to have . . . 

■'so blest a son; 

A son who is the theme of 



Amongst a grove the very 

straightest plant. 

Who is sweet Fortune's minion 
and her pride." 

Henry IV Part 1 

You are loved. 
Mom and Dad 


RichardL. Stone 

We are very proud of, 
your accomplishmeffte-. 

Mom,, Dad & Michelle. 

Advertisements 415 




Ex Rat 

Ex Third Classman 
Ex Second Classman 


I knew you'd make year 


But you will always be a 
RAT, to me! 

DAD '58 

J. Lewis Sigmon 
III: A future gener- 
al?! We didn't think 
so then, but would 
not be surprised 
now! We are very 
proud of you! 

Congratulations for a great job done to date, and best 
wishes for success in the future! With love from: 

Mom, Dad, Andy, Shannon 

Gran, Pop, Grandmother, 

and Granddaddv. 












Believing in yourself 

and trusting your 

instincts is half 

the battle. The 

other half is never 

giving up. You 

fought and won. 

Remember, nothing 

difficult is ever 


We love you lots. 

Mom and Dad 

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ROOM 216 



















BOMB 85 





41 S Advi.-rli.'.cments 













"What a lucky dog!" 

We knew you could do it! 


Lori & Amy 










"When we think of a time we remember moments and the 
way we were . . ."" . . . for all time we love you and share 
your dreams. 

Love and God Bless 

Dad — Mama 

Robin — Roxanne 

Rander, Richard, Ross 

Advertisements 419 



Cadet Chris Goerner and the class of 1988 
We are so proud of you 


Mom, Dad, Mutter, Teresa, Mike, Tina 

Three cheers for 

— the graduate !! 

We love you 

Mom, Dad, Michael, & Karen 



CLASS OF 1988 

From Edward G. Bowen, M.D. 

Cadet Chris G. Hall 

He hath shewed thee, Man, what is good: and what doth 
the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love 
mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God. 
— Micah 6:8 
your Family 

420 ,'\dvcrliscmcnls 








►^: AND 


f_ "f 

<i AND 

CLASS OF 1988 


Vq D^AD, mom, LISA & 











Advertisements 421 
















422 Advertisements 

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Words can't express the pride we feel upon your graduation. 
You always aim high and then reach your goal. We are so very 
proud of you and love you very much. 

God bless you 
Mom and Dad 

RT 6 
CROZIER. VA 23039 


Ph. 784-4222 



















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from your 

(And our Thanks to V.M.I.) 

424 Adverlisements 




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Nunquam sis ex toto otiosus, sed aut legens, aut scribens, 
•aut orans, aut mediians,. aut aliquid ulilitalis pro commu/i, 

- Thomas a Kempis 
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and Best Wishes 

ohn Paul Heslin 

*l shall be telling this with a sigh 
Somewhere ages and ages henc^c 
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - 
I took the one less traveled by, 
And that has made all the difference.' 

Robert Froat,^ 

ThB Road Not Talfn 

We love you and are 
very proud of you 

Mom and Dad 
Joanie, Jim, and Joe 




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We are proud of you 


We love you very much. 

Mom and Dad 
Diane, Bob "81, John "84 


./ |:^*kevin alvis 

^<^/-.Mf and 

CLASS OF 1988 






JR '88 ^ 








We are so very^proud of you and we all love you so much. 
Mom, Dad. Phil, Steph, Eddie. Jean, Lindsey, and Caitlin 

f-f^ ^> jf^l |i. 


"Some people strengthen the society just by being the kind of 
people they are." — John W. Gardner 

We love you 
Mom, Dad, and Craig 

430 .■\dvi;riiscnienls 

Congratulations and Love 

to our Son 

Brother & Grandson 

Joseph A. Swider '88 
Mom, Dad,& Jennifer 

Grandmother & 



Grandmother & 



WiriTi "^^ 

J. Scott Turlington '88 

*; very proud of ypu^^^ijj^accomplishments; you are the 
best of the best. ^ m. SS m 

^I^J^ Dad .« n ■ ' 



we are proud! 

Love, i 
om, Jen, Grandma, & Grandpa 




Advertisements 431 



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You have made 

us all very 


With love from 

your family and 







Wish you happiness and success 

Love and Best Wishes 

Aunt Mary 


all your family. 



^Jlouis J. 

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434 Advcrliscments 


^^^ Yearbook 

POBo< 91 •Millets Fans Massacnusens C'349 rT.SSOCia,LeS 

SLUB "48 











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Advertisements 435 

Abbey. Steven 9i. 282 

Abdulla, The 93. 275 

Abernalhy. Daniel 282, 93 

Abrahmson. James 44. 45. 255 

Ackerman. Michael 93. 282 

Adamelz. John 232. 345. 351 

Adams. James Bradford 91. 122. 31' 

Ahn. Ki-Sung 258 

Ahrens. David 282. 356 

Ainspac. Seth 232 

Albro. Brian 258. 309 

Alder. Bob 232. 251 

Alexander. Stanley 258 

Alten. Nicholas 95. 282, 356 

Altman. Leon B. 95. 258 

Alvis. Kevin Le\MS 122. 430 

Amato. Henry J. 232. 317 

Amato. Matthew 282 

Ames. Eric 232, 372 

Ammons, Tony Leon 122, 405 

Amory. Charles M. 282 

Amsd'en. David K. 97. 258 

Ancona, John Rogan 94, 123, 369, 


Anderson, Calvin N. 93, 123, 317 

Anderson, Charles 232 

Anderson, James David 92, 93, 124, 


Anderson, Michael Steven 124 

.Anderson, Samuel G. 258 

.Anderson, Ted Thanning 123 

Andres, Francis Dimmick 124 

Ans, Matthew 232, 374 

Apostle, James 282 

Arboneaux, Mark Stephen 120, 125, 

323, 410 

Armbruster. George T. 232 

Arms. Craig S. 95. 282 

Armstrong. Edward Robert 94. 95. 

125. 413 

Arnaldo. Edwin 93. 282. 331 

Arnold, William T. 258, 323 

Ashe, Troy 282 

Assimakopoulos, Eliot 258 

Ator, William 258 

Austin, Thomas F. 282 

Aydlette, John 258 

Babcr, Scott Russell 230 

Baca, Brandon 232, 379 

Baik. Bo Hyeong 125 

Bailey. Kendall D. 282 

Bailey. Thomas E, 97. 258 

Bain. William H. 232. 253 

Baincs. Richard 282. 309 

Baird. Steve L. 95 

Baker. Anthony L. 258 

Baker. Daniel T. 232 

Baker. David Fontaine 33. 126. 317, 


Balao. Michael C. 232, 243 

Banigan, John 2. 97, 232 

Banigan, Mike 253 

Barbour, Troy 97, 232 

Barcnds, Andrew Frederick 126, 312 

Barker, Chris 95, 258 

Barnes, Jeffery C. 258, 346 

Barnes, Michael C. 282 

Barnett. Christopher 282, 309 

Barnette, Gary 93, 282 

Barnwell, Christopher M. 282 

Barr. Allan K. 258 

Barr, Glen S. 259 

Barsaman, Raphael S. 232 

Basdcn, Drew 45, 233, 253 

Basnight, Jarvis 177 

Batcnhorst, Christopher 282 

Bauer, Thor 282 

Baumstark, Christopher J. 126, 336 

Beale, Glen 283 

Beard, David 283, 293 

Bcaslcy. Andrew G. 95. 259 

Beck, Trent Howard 89. 127 

Becker. Patrick 45 

Bell, Llyod N. 233 

Bender, David G. 259 

Bernstein, Peter Hollins 127 

Bcrsing, William T. 233, 245 

Bcwley. Lee 2. 283, 334 

Bcver, Michael Alan 127 

Biliunas, Michael 233 

Billingsley, Brian 283, 331 

Bino, The 273 

Bischoff, Sean Malcolm 2. 128, 336 

Bish, Christopher 97, 259 

Bissell, Gary Alexander 230, 354 

Biviano, Angelo J. 233, 312, 354 

Black, James H. 233 

Black, Richard 283 

Bland, David A. 259 

Blanks, James 97, 283 

Blasch, Steve 283 

Bledsoe, Benjamin Thomas 92, 128 

Bledsoe, Kelly 95, 259 

Blekicki, C. Todd 259 

Blocker, Eduardo 2, 283 

Blocker, Richard Daniel 128, 332 

Bodnar, Charles J. 259 

Bohlmann. Thomas Egon 129 

Bond, Chris 283 

Boniface. John 94. 95. 408 

Booth. Gregorv 283. 309 

Booth. Ralph W. 283 

Bora. S. F. 259 

Bordelon. John Kenneth 97, 129 

Bornemann, Craig K. 97, 229, 233 

Bosclti, Timothy 259 

Boswell, Thomas 283 

Bouchard, George E. 233 

Bowen. D.B. 93 

Bowen, James Curran 130, 336 

Bower, John David P. 283 

Bowers, Don M. 95, 259 

Bowers, William J. 97. 259. 323 

Bowl. Super 335 

Bowles. George H. 233 

Bowman. Donald 259 

Boyle. Sean 283 

Boyum. Kevin E. 89. 233313. 361 

Bradford. Robert W. 2. 233. 334. 


Brayden, Paul 93, 259, 315 

Bready, Christopher Jason 130 

Breheny, Stephen A. 94, 95, 233 

Brennan, William 97, 284 

Brethour, John P. 93, 259 

Brice, Boyce S. 97, 284 

Brice, Eric D. 95, 284 

Bridges, Marshall 284 

Brien, Hugh P. 130, 319 

Brindlcy, Peter 284, 293 

Bristol, Jonathan Markhanah 131, 


Brodigan. Brad B. 284 

Brooks, Brvan 95, 284 

Brotzen, Paul Charles 131 

Brown, Dave 233, 343, 344, 346. 

349. 351. 352. 353 

Brown. Evan J. 284 

Brown. Frederik 233 

Bruffy. Thomas Maury 94. 95. 131. 


Brumfield. Jon 284 

Brunch. M.H. 97 

Bryan. Kyle 284 

Bryant, Christopher 95, 284 

Bryant. Michael Steven 94. 95. 132 

Buchanan. Eric 234. 323. 336 

Buckland. Chris 93. 284 

Buckley. Dan 284. 297 

Buddo. James Somerville 132, 332 

Bucchler, Eric 284 

Buffett, Jimmy 236 

Buffkin, Russell 284 

Buffy 334 

Bunch, Michael 283 

Bundens, Dennis 97, 260 

Bunn, Christopher N. 95, 132, 349, 

352, 366, 367, 405 

Burch, Scott 285 

Burchette, Brian D. 260 

Burks, Eric 285 

Burleson, John T. 93, 260 

Burns, William Edward 133 

Burton, Michael 95, 285 

Busch. Bud 33 

Buscr, Vincent 234 

Busila, Bruce Allen 96, 97, 133 

Buller, Robert N. 93, 260 

Butler, William Bryant 133 

Buxlon, Ronald E.'93, 260 

Bwana 442 

Byrne, Gordon B. 260 

Cabell, John B, 260, 3(J9 

Cadigan, Daniel 285 

Cager, Francis 260, 321 

Caine, John D. 260 

Cairo, Bill 234, 236, 254 

Cajigal. Arthur B. 285 

Calder, Donald William 134 

Callahan, Christopher 260 

Callahan, Steven 95, 285 

Callejo, Samuel 234 

Camp, Michael L. 97, 260 

Campbell, Robert William 134 

Campion, Francis 234 

Canada, Paul 95, 234, 249. 255 

Canedo, Guillcrmo 285 

Cantanio, Robert Joseph 93, 134, 


Cantrell, Sean Perry 135 

Carmichael, Tucker 285 

Carpenter, Eric D. 260, 356 

Carson, Leonard H. 93, 260 

Carter, Brett 95, 234 

Carter, Horace A. 285 

Carty, Sean 95, 260 

Carvey, Harlan 234 

Castillo, Martin 135, 321, 323 

Catalano, Pete 234, 248, 252, 312 

Cathcart, Charles 285 

Cayce, Charles Compton 95, 135 

Cefalu, Joseph 97, 234 

Centerfold 449 

Chambers, Darin M 285 

Champion, Stephen Tyler 92, 93, 

136. 330. 407 


Charge. Spic in 334 

Charlonis. Frank 2. 136, 334, 335 

Chaszar, Robert A. 136, 332 

Cheadle, Mark 261 

Chen, Jack 97, 285 

Chenerv, Robert 93, 260, 320 

Chien, Stan 158, 285, 309 

Childress, Robert D. 235 

Childs, John M. 285 

Chiles, Stephen M. 235 

Chong, Jin H. 261 

Chretien, Chris L. 261 

Chung. Charles Chung-Chul 137 

Clair. Matt St. 45 

Clark. Christopher Ames 2. 95. 137 

Clark, Christopher James 94, 137, 

312, 334, 343 

Clark, Robert E. 261, 310 

Clark, Robert James 138, 430 

Clark, Thomas 285 

Clay, Bob 46, 138, 312, 324 

Clegg, Michael William 97, 138, 

321, 402 

Clement, David D, 229, 235 

Clifton, Greg 93, 261, 321 

Cobb, Kenneth H. 235 

Coffman, Patrick 285 

Cole, Robert E, 285 

Coleman, Finnic D. 88, 261, 379 

Coleman, Lawerence J. 87 

Coleman, Michael Clarence 92, 93, 


Coleman, William 139, 285, 369 

Collette, Thomas F. 261 

Collier, Andrew 285 

Collier, Brian B. 2, 235 

Comberg, Christian A. 93. 139. 411 

Comeau, Theodore Edward 92. 93. 


Conforti. David 285. 376 

Connolly, Michael 286 

Connor, Gregory Lyie 92, 140, 319 

Connor. Ian 286 

Consalvo, John 286 

Conville. Andrew 261 

Cook. Timothy 286 

Cool. Kevin T. 261 

Corkran. Msg. 324 

Corley, John T, 235 

Corpuz. Jose L. 92. 93. 235. 250 

Corson. Michael Earle 140 

Costello. Steve 93, 286, 309, 320 

Colman, Thomas A. 261 

Cotrell, Jimmy 97, 141, 356. 357 

Coupland. Richard 97. 286 

Covey. Jeffrey 286. 309 

Covey. Joseph L. 286 

Cowley, Christopher 261 

Cox, James M. 2. 97, 261, 312, 335 

Cox, Ned 2, 95. 228. 235, 248, 253, 


Craft. Eustus L. 95. 261 

Craft, Mark 261, 359. 360, 362, 363, 

364. 365, 366 

Crane, Charles 261 

Crawford, Christopher M. 235 
Cribbs, Don 95, 286 
Crist, Jeffrey H. 262 
Crone, Bill 235, 247, 312 
Crone, Steven D. 262 
Cronenberg, William H. 141, 402 
Cross, Nathaniel 45, 236, 250, 255 
Crotty, Michael Sean 230, 376, 377 
Crow, Robert Schuyler 141 
crunching, bone 35, 378 
Cruz, Christopher A 286 
Cuellar. Alvaro Fernando 142 
Cuiper. Jeffrey 286. 331 
Culiner. Neal 142. 316 
Cumbee. Mark K. 95. 262 
Cunningham, Mark S. 262 
Curran, Thomas 236 
Cusick, Theodore James 142 

D'anna, Eric David 143, 421 

Dabney, Col. 323 

Dahlquist, Jason Michael 93, 143 

Daly, Shannon 286 

Damron, Gerald 236 

Daniels, C. F. 286 

Daniels, C. P. 286, 309 

Darden, David 262 

Davila, Antonio Stefano 143 

Davila, Scott Ramon 144 

Davis, J..B. 93 

Davis, James 286 

Davis, John 312 

Davis, Jonathan M. 236 

Davis, Joseph 287 

Davis, Robert Scott 144, 330 

Davis, Robert W. 236 

Davis, Shelton Avery 90, 144, 321, 


Davis, Trentin 95, 287 

Day. Scott 95, 287 

Dejesus, Pedro 236 

DeMaio, Andrew Paul 145 

Demers, Brian Alan 89, 145. 412. 


Demers. James 287 

Demmons. Christopher Michael 145 

deVenoge. Francis Xavier 146 

Devero. Ken 2 

Dewyea. Kirk John 89. 146. 289 

Dewyea. Victor 287 

DiCesare. Daniel 287 

Dick, Geoffrey 287, 309 

Dick, Mark W. 93, 262, 313 

Dickenson, Glen K. 262 

Diehl, Erich William 146, 345 

Dillon, Douglas M. 262 

Dillon, Peter 287 

Dixon, Christopher G. 262, 315 

Dixon, Jeff B. 92, 93, 147, 323, 421 

Diz 334 

Doczi, Michael E. 262, 366 

Dodson, Craig 97, 287, 309 

Dolan, Ian J. 92, 93, 236 

Donavan, Michael 93, 287 

Donovan, Patrick Brian 147 

Donovan, Quinn P. 236 

Donovan, Rick 374 

Dooley, Sean J. 97, 236. 250. 332 

Dorman. Benjamin 287. 356 

Dorsey. Steven 147. 321. 359. 363 

Dotterwich. Regis 287 

Doucette. Michael W. 236 

Doupnik. Thomas Charles 148 

Dow. E.G. 95 

Dowd. Bill 262. 359. 363 

Doyle. John Leonard 148 

Doyle. Mark Gerard 148, 323, 413 

Draper, John A. 262, 356 

Draper, Ken 287 

Draper, Robert Linwood 149 

Druitt, Steven E. 236 

Duda, Alan 287, 331 

Dudar, Stephen 287 

Dudas, Michael 287 

Dudjak, Jason 92, 93, 149, 320 

Dufford, James 262 

Duffy, Brian 88. 236. 313. 361. 369 

Duffy, John 97. 287 

Duffy. Sean G. 262 

Duke, Richard A. 262 

Dumouchelle, T.A. 93, 287 

Dunleavy, Michael P. 263 

Dunnington, Edward 287, 374 

Duram, Brian Keith 149 

Duthlc. Ian 263. 376, 377 
Dyer, William Ray 150 

EL. Buchanan 95 
Early, Todd 95, 287, 309 
Eckloff, Todd S. 263 
Edmonslon, Chris N. 95, 
Edwards, Robert 288 
Edwards, Rodney S. 263 
Edwards, Timothy K, 93, 
Egloff, Brian Patrick 150 
Elie, Joseph Donald 150 
Ellis, Charles 263, 321, 32 
Ellis, Jack 263 
Elster, Chris 288 
Engcl, Christopher P. 263 
England, Edward A. 263 
English, Bruce 288, 309 
Ernst, Gerald D. 229, 236 
Eubank, Christopher 288, 
Evans, Shawn P. 91. 151, 


, 321 


Fanshaw, Thomas P. 236 

Farchild, Ashley A. 236 

Farleigh, Jeff 97, 254, 330 

Farleigh. T.K. 95 

Farmer, Taylor B. 263 

Farnell, M.L. 97 

Farrar, Brian 93. 288 

Farrell, Laurence M. 263 

Fath. Matthew 288 

Fathead 246, 251 

Feagans, Timothy S. 263 

Fegley, Jeffrey 288 

Felty, William Neal 151 

Ferguson, Michael L. 93, 263, 320 

Ferrazzano, Stephen 288, 309 

Finan, Peter J. 263 

Finkler, Timothy J. 228, 313, 236 

Finwood, Christopher Kenneth 151, 


Firman, Ray 288 

Fisher, Johii R. 236 

Fitton, Steve 2, 315, 263 

Fittz, Greg 95, 288, 321, 360, 361, 

362, 363 

Fitzgerald, Daniel J. 236 

Fitzhugh, Ross 264 

Flag, American 48 

Florio, James Francis 34, 152 

Fogler, Dennis G. 95, 264 

Folsom, Matthew T. 236 

Forgie, Robert 264 

Foster, Ryan 264 

Fox, Gordon L. 236 

France, Joe 264, 321, 343, 346, 347 


Frankel, Steven L. 237 

Franklin, John 264 

Frazier, Mark F. 93, 237 

Freiwald, Todd 94, 95, 152, 333, 

343, 346 

Fridley, Mitchell H, 97, 253, 237 

Friewald, Todd 352 

Fuller, Charles E. 288 

Fuller, G.W. 95 

Fuzzman 46 

Gaddis, Matthew 93, 288 

Gallagher, Kevin W. 264 

Gallagher, Matt 237, 243, 250, 312 

Gallco. Darrin L. 93, 237 

Garbctt, Charles E. 264 

Gardner, Bobby 95, 152, 359, 360, 
' 362, 363, 364, 365 
! Garey, Raynor A. 95, 264, 319 

Caspar, William 97. 264. 309 

Gates. John D. 237 

Gates. Rob 45, 247, 250, 336 

Gentlemen, Virginia 33 

Gentry, John R. 237 

George, David A. 264 
j George, M.R. 95 
) Gesser, Michael 288 


Gheen, Kenneth J. 237 

Gibbings, David Russell 153, 317 

Gideons. Chris 288. 289 

Gillespie. Andrew 90. 153, 376, 377 

Gillespie, John Marston 153 

Gillespie, Ronald V. 2, 154 

Gillette, William D. 97, 264 

Oilman, Lance 34 

Giltz, John R. 237 

Ginski, David L. 237, 356 

Gionti, Joseph J. 288 

Glover, John C. 93, 237, 249 

Gods, Busch 177 

Goerner, Christopher T. 86, 154, 420 

Goff. Chris 155, 323 

Golden, John C. 264 

Gooch. Gregory C. 94. 95. 155. 398 

Goodwin. Rob 97. 333 

Gormley. Eugene Thomas 155. 315 

Gottwald, John P. 264 

Gowan. Robert Lee 156 

Granger. Gilbert J. 237 

Grant. Thomas 288 

Gray. John 93, 288 

Grealish, Joseph E. 97, 237, 323 

Green, Charles D. 265 

Green, J.C. 97 

Green, M.O. 97 

Green, Michael O. 97, 265 

Greenspon, Jonathon 288 

Greenway, Robert C. 265 

Greer, Jonathon 288 

Gregory, John C. 237 

Gregory, Wilber T. 156 

Griffea, Jimmmie Scott 156 

Guang, Li Jian 330 

Gudz, Robert 265 

Guiler, Richard 289 

Hahn, John 265 

Halberg, Sean M. 95. 237, 312 

Hale, George 289 

Hale, John 289 

Hall, Christopher Gerald 157, 310, 

398. 420 

Hall. Gregory James 94. 95, 157 

Hammond, Leroy 45 

Hammonds, Jimmy 289 

Hamner, Thomas N, 237, 250 

Handford, Kevin 265 

Hannegan, Edward Allen 157 

Hannum, Christopher Michael 158 

Harbach, Col. 324 

Harding, Michael W. 95, 237 

Harmon, Thomas 289 

Harper, Doug 265 

Harrington, Ed 46. 243 

Harris. Derek W. 96, 97, 237 

Harris, Robert Delane 158, 333 

Harrison, Eric L. 95, 265 

Hart. David 286. 289 

Hartigan. Paul B. 265 

Hashimoto. Brent H. 92, 93. 158. 


Haslam. John B. 265 

Haslam. Mark 289 

Hatchelt, Gregory D. 97, 265 

Hatheway, Brian 159, 324 

Havird, Lawrence 265 

Hawkins, Wade 97, 289, 345, 349, 

350, 351, 352 

Hawks, Martin 290 

Hayes, Timothy 95, 290 

Haynes, Michael 290 

Haynie, Timothy A. 93, 265 

Hays, Rob 265, 331 

Healey, Quill O. 97, 265, 376 

Heffern, Thomas 300 

Heimer, Neil A. 45, 88, 237 

Heisey, Pete 93, 159, 320 

Hell, Living 22, 177 

Helmick, John 290 

Helmick. Kevin 369 

Hemenez, Matthew 266, 323 

HENCE! 335 

Henderson, Doug 266, 309 

Hennigan, Mark 266 

Henning, George T. 238 

Henning, Matthew 266 

Henry, Steven 97, 290, 300 

Herbaugh, Marvin M. 93, 266, 309 

Hernandez, Thomas L. 238 

Harrington, Edward L. 238 

Herzog, Stephan 266, 331 

Hickev, David Thomas 160 

Hicks,' Paul F. 2, 160, 226, 308, 315, 

334, 353 

Hildebrand, Robert Lloyd 160. 323 

Hill. Robert 290 

Hill. Roy 95, 161 

llin, Elson Ho 266, 356 

Hoar, Robert L 238 

Holland, David Ashley 161 

Holland, Paul W. 266 

Hollans. Lester 290 

Holloway. Michael 290 

Holtzman. Kyle Wayne 161 

Honor. Special 30 

Hoofnagle. Andrew Y. 238 

Hoofnagle, Gregory Cole 162 

Hooks. Bryan 93. 290 

Hooks. Todd A. 238 

Hooper. T.J. 95 

Hooper, Timothy Joseph 162 

Hoover, Timothy S. 266 

Hope, Dave B. 94, 95, 162, 369 

Hopkins, Rodney 290 

Howe, Jon 290 

Howerton. Kenneth 290 

Huang, Daniel 290, 296 

Hubbard, Jim 266 

Hubbard, Todd 290 

Hudgins, Reed E. 266 

Hudson, T.B. 93 

Huff, Christopher B. 93, 266 

Humes, Michael M. 163, 317 

Hunter, John B. 266 

Hunt.sberry, Henry S. 97, 266 

Hurley, Joseph L. 238 

Hurst, Greg 290 

Hurst, Lewis Scott 163 

Hyde, Eric 290 

Hynes, James A. 266, 376 

Ibanez. Ramil 266 
Imel, Stephen 290 
Infantino, Tom 238, 252. 312 
Infierno 226 
Inge. George 95. 290 
Inge. Thomas B. 238. 255 
Insinna. Emanuel 290 
Inteso. Carmine C. 163. 423 
Inteso. Michael 266. 349 
Irby, Daryl 290 
Isakov, Chris 158, 291 
Ivy, Bob 95 

Jackson, Tate 291, 293 

Jacobs, Jon M. 238 

Jacobs, Todd J. 266 

Janeway, Timothy 291 

Jannusch, James Erich 164 

Jannusch, Michael 291 

Jarrell, Roger 291 

Jasinski, William Thomas 94, 95, 


Javis, Greg 291 

Jeeter, J.W. 93 

Jeffries, Michael 291 

Jernigan, Raymond T. 97, 238 

Jeter, John 291 

Jocrn. Stephen M. 238, 250 

John Boniface, HI 129 

Johnson, Arturo 266, 321, 345 

Johnson, Barry 267 

Johnson, Brad 372 

Johnson, Bradley J. 267 

Johnson, Edward D. 267 

Johnson, Jeffrey 95, 291 

Johnson, Lawrence F. 267 

Johnson, Renard 321, 359. 360. 361. 

362. 363 

Johnson. Robert 291 

Jones. David 291. 356 

Jones. Harold L. 93, 267 

Jones, Irvin C. 267 

Jones, Kevin 228, 253 

Jones, Phillip C. 86, 90, 164, 410 

Jones, Phillip W. 90, 165 

Jones, Robert W. 238 

Jones, Ronald K. 228, 238 

Jones, Scott 330 

Jones, Wayne 323 

Jordan, John M. 267 
Joseph, Daniel 291 
Joynt, Mark A. 238 
Judd, Kennedy 291 
Julio, Chris 287, 291 
Jung, Kec-Chyuan 29 

Kao, Hong J. 291 

Karn.s, Michael A. 239 

Kasczmarek, Didier 239 

Kasler, Jeff L. 95, 267 

Kaulfers, David A. 267 

Kay, John 91, 94, 95, 165, 369 

Kay, Philip E. 165, 332 

Kealoha, Scott J. 239 

Keenan, Patrick 291 

Keily, P.M. 97 

Keith, Brian J. 2, 49, 166, 334 

Kellcy, Micheal J. 92 

Kelley, Peter R. 239 

Kelly, Daniel 291 

Kelly, Michael 292 

Kelly, Michael J. 239 

Kemp, Michael B. 97, 267 

Kendall, James 292 

Kendrick, Greg 250 

Kendrick, Gregg R. 88, 239, 332 

Kennedy, Thomas B. 166 

Keppler, John J. 166, 323, 332 

Kcrner, Terrence 267 

Kerr, Robin P. 239 

Kiehl, Grant L. 167, 369, 371 

Kiely, Patrick 292 

Kiker, Jim 2, 167. 324. 334 

Kilbourne. Jim 315 

Kim. Young C. 267 

Kimberly, Mike W. 267 

Kimmel, R.A. 95 

Kimmel, Rick 267 

Kindley. Myron R. 167. 402 

King, Anthony 292 

King, John G. 267 

King, Joseph B. 86, 168 

King, Stephen G. 168, 369 

King, Stewart E. 168 

Klion, Scott F. 95. 267. 324 

Kloyaroon. Krirkchai 169 

Kneeling. Bob 323 

Knieling. Stefan 267 

Kolb. Robert M. 97. 239 

Koloseike. Matthew B. 169. 413 

Kornegay. Keith J. 97. 267 

Kostoff. John 292 

Kovac. Ken 267 

Kraenzle. Christopher J. 97. 239 

Kramer. Peter R. 93. 224 

Kricorian. Paul 267 

Krieser. Larry 292 

Krug. Patrick 292 

Krynski. Kenneth S. 239. 251 

Kubin, Paul B. 95. 292. 331 

Kuchler. Theodore 292 

Kuhns. Bob 229 

Kunkel. Chad A. 93, 292 

Kvasnicka, Andrew 268, 312 

Kwon, Samuel 93, 292 

Lake, Michael A. 239 

Lamb, Mark D. 90, 169 

Lamb, Michael L. 94, 95. 170. 401 

Lampman. Pete 239. 345, 352 

Lance Gilman 154 

Land. O.D. 292 

Lane, Joseph J. 95. 292 

Larlee. Christian R. 268 

LaRue. John A. 170. 421 

Lassalle. Eric David 170 

Lavangie. Gregg M. 171. 424 

Lavin, Andrew 239 

Lawerence, B.N. 95 

Lawrence, Andrew 95, 292, 369 

Lawrence, Joseph C. 45, 97, 239, 


Lawson, Joseph S. 239 

Layton, Richard 292 

Leamy, Kevin A. 240 

Leary, K. 93 

Leauge, George 292, 356 

LeBIanc, Jeffrey 292, 395 

Lee. Chaw-Jiin 292 

Lee, Jvh-Der 171 

Lee. Michael Wavne 171 

Lcenes, Mike 2. 172, 293. 334 

Lehman, Fred 2S0, 292 

Leonard, Scott D. 240, 356 

Lesho, Pavel T. 292 

Levine, Joe 294 

Levy. .Man H. 97. 294 

Lewis. Kevin M. 96. 97. 240 

Lewis. Scott 294 

Li. Jean G. 97. 268 

Lin. Chun H. 268 

Linder, Steven R. 268. 312 

Lindsa\. Maj. 324 

Liitlecott, Marc C. 93. 240 

Litllecott. Mark 315. 320 

Littlefield. Clyde K. 240 

Liu. Cy 268 

Lloyd. Calvin A. 268. 323. 376 

Lofstrom, Carlos J. 172 

Long, Christopher R. 33, 172, 323 

Lonsdale, Anthony 294 

Lough. James A. 294 

Louthan. Frank 294 

Loving, Arthur V. 268 

Lu, Jihn-Khan 240 

Lucas, Robert B- 97, 240, 323 

Ludmcr, Scott 268 

lumber 371 

Lvons, William H. 268 

Lvthgoe. Michael A. 93. 268. 309. 


Maass. Haslan R. 94. 95. 173 

Mabrev. Travis 268. 351. 352 

Mack. Craig 294 

MacMichael. John Lee 173 

Madigan. Patrick 2. 294, 296. 334 

Madison, William A. 268, 317 

Maggelet. James T. 174 

Malerba. Micheal J. 77, 88, 174, 334 

Malloy. Martin L. 240 

Manning. James A. 269 

Manning. Michael A. 268 

Manning. W. David 95. 294 

Manoff. Alexander M. 240. 250 

Manlz. Peter M. 97. 269. 356 

Market. Brain 294 

Marks, Rodnev T. 174 

Markwaher, Kenneth L. 95. 269 

Marro. Anthony 294 

Marsh, Raymond W. 175. 317 

Marshall, thomas P. 87. 95. 240 

Martin. David A. 95. 240. 336 

Martin. Heinzc 294 

Martin, John 294 

Martin. Justin D 97. 160, 294 

Martin, Matthew John 94. 95, 175 

Martin. Michael 294 

Martinez. Pablo A. 269 

Martone. Jeffery A. 240. 427. 428 

Masella. James J. 240 

Masely, Michael E. 240 

Mason, John J. 91, 

Matenopoulos. Ike 229, 240 

Mattis, Kip Allen 175 

Mavor. James H. 269 

Maxon. Barrv A. 93. 269 

May. Paul E. 95, 269 

Maynard. Sevren D. 176. 250 

Mayo. Mike 176. 343. 346. 347. 352, 


McAllister. Andrew S. 90, 176, 313 

McAllister, Kevin C. 97, 240. 332 

McCaig, Andrew 269 

McCants, A.L. 93 

McCarthy, Brian J. 269 

McCauley. Donovan 158. 295 

McCellan. J.S. 97 

McClary. William M. 295 

McClellan. James 295 

McClintock. Daniel M. 240 

McClung. K.C. 93 

McConnell. Chris 95. 269 

McConnel!. John Edward 225 

McCormack. R. Brian 95, 269. 336 

McCormack, Richard 93, 295 

McCown, Derek R. 93, 240. 356 

McCrary. Peter Mason 94, 95. 177, 


McCrary, Thomas 97, 295 

McCray, John David 177 

McCumber, Scott P. 2, 177. 334. 


McFarland, Derek C. 90, 178 

McGarrah, William M. 97, 178, 346, 


McGhee, Matthew W. 178, 332, 419 

McGlaughlin, Tim 323 

McGloin, Hugh M. 179, 413 

McGraw, David 31, 269 

McGraw. Michael C. 87 

McGraw, Michael Edward 179 

McGrew, Dan E. 241 

Mcintosh, Anthony Q. 240. 241. 

248. 321, 343, 344, 349 

McKay, William 293, 295, 301 

McKee, Thomas A. 241, 243 

McKenzie, Brian 97, 241, 253 

McKinney, Paul 295 

McKone, Steven Drew 179, 323 

McLaughlin, Timothy 269 

McLean, C.A. 295 

McMahon, Patrick D, 241, 308, 354 

McMenamin, Hugh J. 180 

McMinn, Richard 295, 343, 344 

McQuinley, Matthew 295 

McReynolds, Brian 295 

McSorley, William 97, 295, 309 

McSwain, Mark W. 93, 269. 320 

McSweeney. Neil E. 241 

McWilliams. Richard 269 

Mead. Scott 270 

Mears. Ricky 95. 321. 359. 364 

Mebane, Turner R. 95, 321 

Meccia. Francis A. 241. 309 

Mehl. Richard R. 2. 270. 334 

Mele. Paul A. 241 

Melvin. William C. 97. 270. 356 

Menia, Christopher R. 241 

MEOW! 335, 365 

Mergens. Andrew 270. 324 

Metheney. Matthew 95, 295 

Mezzacca, Michael D. 241 

Michelle 46 

Miles, Gera S. 241, 308 

Milican, Jeff 318 

Miller, Dwayne G. 45, 87. 241. 253 

Miller. Jay Scott 180 

Miller. Kevin 270 

Miller. Robert A. 241. 248. 308. 356 

Miller. Robert J. 97, 295 

Miller, William E. 241 

Millican, Jeffrey T. 270 

Milner, Jon 295 

Milner, Michael 2, 293. 295 

Mings, Lennon 241, 321. 359. 363. 


Minnigerode. Charles 270 

Mistr. John 295 

Mitchell, Bill 323 

Mitchell, Christopher D. 97, 241 

Mitchell, Clark D. 96, 180 

Mitchell, William J. 181 

Mitlehner, Carl A. 181 

Monfalcone. Michael J. 241 

Moon. Arland D. 270 

Moore. John P. 96. 97. 181. 418 

Moore, Michael E. 93, 241 

Moore, Pete Watson 46, 182 

Moore, Thomas F. 241 

Morelock, Mike 97. 270 

Morris, Chilton E. 270 

Morris, Stephen M. 96, 97. 182. 323. 


Moss, Mark S. 96, 97, 182, 417 

Moushegian, Jeff 270 

Mugsey 33 

Mulcahy. Frank 295 

Mullori. Dominick M. 270 

Mumma. James Morrison 96. 97. 

183. 313 

Munno. Michael 295 

Munno. Thomas S. 183, 430 

Murphy, Edwin 295 

Murphy, Michael B. 241 

Murray, Lary 296 

Murray, Paul Christopher 96. 183 

Musarra, Frank V, 2. 49. 184. 215. 

226, 312. 334. 335 

Musick. Kelly G. 270. 312 

Naifeh. Mike T. 97. 296 

Nathan. Lawrence 242, 249 

Nazario. Angel 95. 296 

Neary. Stephen M. 22. 96. 184. 291. 

293, 332 

nectar, cold 33 
Neff. Richard L. 270 
Nelson. Charles 96, 97, 184, 323 
Nezas, Steven 93, 242. 320 
Nguyen, Cuong 296 
Nickel, Robert 296 
Nixon, William F. 92, 93, 185 
Nocwatne, George D. 242 
Nolan. Tim 296. 303 
Noonpackdee. Thongvit 89. 185 
Nordemeyer. Kyle P. 242. 251 
Northrop. Todd 95. 270 
Nowlin. Gary G. 242. 253 
Nunn, Christopher 97, 296 

O'Bucklev. Tom 185. 324 

O'FerralL Robert R. 242 

O'Neil. Brian 96 

O'Neil. Patrick R. 97. 186 

Ober. Michael 271 

Odin. Eric 296 

Ogden. Christopher W. 95, 242 

Oldfather, Frederick 97, 296 

Olearv. Patrick 271 

Omsted. David A. 89, 186, 430 

Ondrick, Robert 271, 354 

OOF 334 

Orlov, William 296 

Osborn, John H. 242, 250, 374 

Osborne, Curtis 296 

Oviatt, Phillip R. 271 

Owen, Michael D, 186 

Owen. Rufus 296 

Oxtobv. William G, 242. 255 

Pact. Warsaw 324 

Page. Edward R. 187 

PAH! 335 

Palme. Garith C. 187 

Palomar. George G. 271. 330 

Pan. Ju-Chi 296. 328 

Pannell, Micheal V. 187, 410 

Pardew. Paul H, 242 

Parnell. Michael 296 

Parrott. John 188. 321. 343, 344, 

345, 366, 427 

Patenesky. Todd A. 242 

Patrick J.Becker 233 

Patton. Gen. 324 

Paul. Jeff 271 

Paul. Jonathan A. 90. 97. 242. 323 

Payne. Ronald D. 271 

Pearson. Stephen C. 96. 97. 188. 410 

Peck. Garrett C. 271 

Pedigo, Robert M. 97. 271 

Feeders. Hans 97. 296 

Pcgram. Thomas C. 97, 271 

Pell, Richard F. 242 

Pence. Jeff 97. 296 

Penn. Hayes J. 271 

Pennington. Tim 280. 296. 300 

Perdue. Marcus N. 242. 252 

Perkins. Matthew 296 

Peters. David 296 

Peterson. Jon 271 

Petka, David M. 95. 271 

Petty, George 93. 296 

Peveto. Mike 93, 297, 315 

Peyton, Stephen R. 97, 242 

Pham, Don H. 188, 331 

Phan, Thanh Tung 189 

Pheeraphan. Thanakorn 297 

Philips. C,W. 97. 284. 297. 309 

Phillips. Christopher L. 271 

Pickering, Lance F. 97, 189 

Piedmont, John P. 45. 243 

Pilley. Michael B. 271. 356 

Pitaniello, Robin 97, 297 

Pittman, Joe 95. 272 

Pitts. David A. 189 

Pitts. Richard B. 190 

Plageman. Charles S. 272 

Platoon. Tanker 324 

Plunk. Terry L. 27. 86. 190 

Poncho 334. 335 

Poon. Patrick 272 

Powers. Karl R. 97. 272 

Powers. William Brian 190. 349 

Pratt, Chris 272 

Preston. Andrew 356 
Preston. Craig 297 
Pugel, James B. 2, 297, 334 
Pugh, Thomas 272 
Purcell, Wayne 97, 297 
Putre, Tony Andreas 191 

Quattrone. Phillip N. 95. 272 
Quinn. Paul D. 272 
Quintavalli. Stephan 191 

Raborn, Sean W. 243 

Rader. William M. 243 

Radonis. Richard 297 

Raffay. Russell 93. 297 

Rahab. George A. 272 

Raiford, Phil 243, 250 

Raitz, P.J. 95 

Ralston. Minter 272 

Rankine. Steve 97, 330 

Ratliff, David B. 243, 272 

Ratliff. J.B. 97 

Ratliff, Micheal A. 95, 243 

Raucher, David 297, 331 

Rawes, Jeffery A. 97, 272 

Reagan, George William 191 

Recrostio. Paul 297 

Redskins 335. 442 

Reed. Bradly Scott 192, 332 

Reillv. Mark 192, 356 

Reilly. Thomas J. 45. 87, 243, 312 

Reimann. Thomas F. 192, 425 

Reynolds. David R. 88, 231 

Rhodes, Carl E. 272 

Rhohomaki. Davin D. 243 

Rice. R. Coleman 272 

Rich. David B. 272 

Richardson. Charlie 92, 93, 193. 320, 


Richardson. Ronald S. 97. 193, 401 

Riddick, Larry G. 273 

Riggleman. Phillip D. 93. 193, 425 

Riley, Danny W. 194 

Riley, Mark 332 

Ring, James Wright 194 

Rioux. Joseph 297 

Robbins. David 95. 273 

Roberts. Donald 273. 321 

Roberts. John L. 243 

Roberts. Phillip G. 194 

Roberts. Timothy 297 

Robertson. Michael 93. 297 

Robichaud. Michael 297 

Robinson. Daniel 298. 320 

Robinson, Doug M. 273 

Robinson, F. Todd 89, 195 

Robinson, Kenneth 273 

Roderiguez, Edward J. 243 

Roenker, Steven M. 273 

Rogers, Walter 298 

Roland, Robert 298 

Rollins, Gregory E. 92, 93, 195 

Roman, John J. 273. 356 

Roman. Michael P. 273 

Rose, Andrew L. 243 

Rose, Gary 298 

Ross, C. 298 

Ross, Kenneth A. 273 

Rost, David J. 273 

Rougeau, Gregory A. 243 

Rover, David M. 243, 336 

Rudolph, Jeff 298 

Rule, Tony 298 

Rumph, Mark 93, 298 

Rumsey, Kevin 298 

Ruohomaki, D. D. 95 

Rusher, Steve 298 

Rusher, William H. 97, 243 

Rushing, Robert 298 

Russell, Samuel L. 195 

Ryman. John F. 96. 97, 196, 323, 


Sabino. Victor 273 

Sadler, Brian 273 

Saluja, Rakesh 196 

Salyan, Daniel Paul 196 

Sandway, Gregory M. 273 

Saukulak, Gregory 298 

Sauntry, Jeff 2, 95, 298, 334 

Sawyer, Robert Bruce 87, 197, 316, 


Sayegh, Robert 298 

Scarpino, John 96, 97, 197, 285, 293, 


Schaaf, Andrew L. 273 

Schaffer, Darin 97, 299, 356 

Schanke, Jonathan 298 

Schenstrom, Michael 94, 95, 197, 


Schindler, Charles 299 

Schinstock, Chris 273 

Schmeling, Norman A. 243 

Schmidt, Dennis 274 

Schmidt, W. 299 

Schmoyer, Jason W. 88, 274. 323 

Schmuckitelli, Joe 323 

Schnock, Dan 97, 244, 356 

Schnock, Rob 274, 356 

Schoonmaker, Curt 95 

Schrichte, A. F. 93, 274 

Schwarzmann, Matt 274, 313, 354 

Scott, Greg 417 

Secrist, Gregory Bryan 96, 97, 198 

Secrist, Philip 299 

Scliga, Andrew Edward 96, 97, 198 

Selnau, Brent R. 2, 244, 330 

Semmes, Benjamin Lewis 94, 95, 198 

Serwinski, Christopher 299 

Sessoms, Oscar 299 

Setze, James C. 274 

Sewell, Charles A. 274 

Seyffert, Mike 199, 323 

Shadle, Thomas W. 244, 313 

Shaik, Julio 299 

Sheeran, James 299 

Shelden, Wade 299 

Shelton, Rodney 299 

Shelton, Thomas D. 97, 244, 334 

Shcpard, Bret 97, 330 

Shipley. John C. 244 

Shirey, Hunter 266 

Shorter, John 299, 309, 312 

Shotto, Brian 95, 231, 317, 404 

Shrimpton, Daniel M. 199. 431 

Shults, Robert 97, 299 

Shuster, Charles John 91, 199, 356, 


Sibayan, Gary A. 244, 247. 366 

Sigmon, Lou 2, 200, 323, 417 

Simpson, E. Darrin 200 

Simpson, William .M. 95, 274 

Simulcik, Stephen J. 95, 244 

Sinclair, Matt 255 

Sinclair, Wayne Anthony 200, 323 

Sink, Aaron 97, 299 

Sirsuth, P. 299 

Sisk, Denton 299 

Skiff, Richard A. 95, 244, 374 

Skinner, Gregory C. 95, 274, 313 

Sklar, Geoffrey Stuart 201 

Slater, Robert Rucker 201, 402 

Slater, Thomas G. 274, 367 

Sloane, Rusty 87. 201, 282 

Slug 177, 334, 442 

Smaaladen, Jay 202, 372 

Small, Mario 274 

Smals, Bryan 299 

Smith, Charles S. 274 

Smith, Fred W. 244, 251 

Smith, Holes R. 274 

Smith, Scott 299 

Smith, Scott E. 274 

Smith. Timothy 93, 158, 299 

Smith, William 299 

Smokeater 46 

Snedecore, Mark Allen 202. 319 

Snider, Brian 300 

Snowden, Macon 244 

Soileau, Bruce 97, 300, 309 

Sokolowski, Joseph 300 

Sossi, Matthew E. 244 

Sparks, Richard L. 95, 244 

Spellmeyer, Scott 274 

Spence, Tim 274, 312, 313 

Spetz, Tom 2, 202, 334 

Spieldenner, Robert A. 244 

Spitz, Douglas C. 274 

Spivey, Tom 244, 361, 369. 371 

Sponge 334 

Spots, Drinking 49 

Sprinkle 46 

Sprouse, Matthew 300, 309 

Sredl, Victor J. 203, 336 

St. Clair, Matthew G. 86, 238, 244, 


Stables, Bruce S. 244 

Stachcick, Dennis S. 94, 95, 203, 323 

Stafford, Steven W. 244, 253 

Stanley, David R. 97, 274 

Starling, Christopher C. 96, 97, 203, 


Start, Christopher L, 204, 419 

Steewart, Kenneth A. 205 

Stehn, John L. 95, 274, 324 

Stellitano, Leonard J. 274 

Stepnowski, James J. 91, 204, 318, 


Steverson, James B. 95, 275 

Stewart, Andrew Christopher 95, 204 

Stewart, Jim 321 

Stewart, Walter 300 

Stewert, Andrew 333 

Stills, Daren 93, 275 

Stirpe, David 95, 300 

Stock, Mark 97, 205, 343, 346, 353 

Stock.s, Samuel N. 275 

Stockwell, Mitchell G. 275 

Stone, Brian 300 

Stone, Cameron 296, 300 

Stone, David 300 

Stone, Richard Lee 92, 93, 205 

Stoneman, Allan R. 94, 95. 244 

Story, Charles 300 

Strange, Robert 291, 300 

Streeter, Craig 93, 300 

Stringer, Charles 300 

Sullivan, David Carlyle 206, 323 

Sullivan, Kevin 229, 245, 330 

Sullivan, Michael P. 97, 245, 253, 


Sullivan, Timothy R. 275, 317 

Susnar, Rob 345 

Sutton, Richard 97, 300, 301, 331 

Swanson, Edward W. 275 

Swanson, Michael 275 

Swider, Joseph Anthony 94, 95, 206, 

378, 431 

Swiencinski, Brian Joseph 206 

Swink, Joey Blair 97, 207, 312 

Sykes, Keith 245 

Szczepanski, R. J. "Spud" 225, 356 

Taliaferro, Alvin F. 275 

Tallat-Kelpsa, Paul K. 2, 275, 324. 


Talley, Thomas F. 275 

Talleyho 217 

Talliferro. A,F. 97 

Tancheff, Shaun 93, 300 

Tarkenton, Thomas 95, 300 

Tarng. Yuh L. 245, 328 

Tate, Brian 97. 275 

Tate, Samuel Lee 93, 207, 412, 331 

Tavenner, Cloyd 96. 97, 207, 373 

Tavenner, James 300 

Taylor, Alwyn 245 

Taylor, Chad 2, 308 

Taylor. Charles M. 275 

Taylor. Robert A. 92, 93, 208 

Tederick, Matthew A. 96, 97, 241, 


Tegtmeyer, Thad 95, 275, 359, 363 

Teu, Michael D. 275 

Thoma. Steven 95, 285, 300 

Thomas, Gregg A. 91, 208 

Thompson, Charles 95, 245, 300, 400 

Thompson, Douglas 301 

Thompson, Garett 95, 275 

Thompson, Glenn A. 275. 356 

Thompson, Todd 301 

Thorpe, Samuel R. 208, 422 

Thurston, Franklin 301 

Tillery, Danthony 301 

Tilley. Matthew T. 245. 366 

Toepfer. Jack R. 245, 313 

Toler. Todd D. 95, 275 

Tolley, Thomas P. 275, 375 

Tong, Wai-Kin 301 

Tooker, Steve 359, 362, 363 

Torkelson, Kai 93, 301, 309 

Towers, Tom 209, 369, 371 

Townend, Robert 301 

Toye, Tracy 245, 345, 351. 352 

Trahar. Michael P. 275 

Treadheads 324 

Treanor, Richard C. 275 

Tremaglio, William C. 276 

trouncing 335 

Trumbo. Richard H. 276 

Trumpore, William V. 245 

Tuck, Stephen 301 

Tuck, Steven Glenn 86, 209 

Tucmler, James P. 90, 209, 323, 430 

Tujo, Charles A. 93, 276, 374 

Tunnard, Andrew J. 2, 228, 245, 

250, 332 

Tunnard, Peter A. 250, 276, 369 

Turlington, J. Scott 96, 97, 210, 405, 


Turner, Brett 276 

Turner, Christopher 93, 301 



Ubermann 333 

Uhorchuk, Robert J. 276 

Urner. John Hammond 210 

Urtiew, Andrei 2, 210, 309. 334. 42 

Usher. Lee 276 

Usi, Gerardo 301 

Ustach. Thomas J. 211, 425 

Vaijai, Kultawat 21 1 

Valentine, Bryce 301 

Valenzuela, Paul J. 276 

Van Benschoten, Thomas 301 

Vanscoy, Willaim 301 

Vanwinkle, Robert F. 245 

Varnado, Rynold 301 

Vasquez, Steven O. 276, 320 

Vaughn, Gary M. 245 

Versoza, Alfredo M. 245 

Vespa, Sergio P. 276 

Vitulano, Mike 211, 323, 336, 398 

vixens, young 33, 34, 46, 312, 313, 


Volant, Adam C. 91, 120, 212, 291, 


Vu, Chin T. 276 

Wade, Braxton K. 276 

Wade, David Kirkland 212, 407 

Wagner, Ed 212, 336 

Wales, Josie 177 

Wallenthin, Edward Dana 96, 213, 


Walsh, David K. 276 

Walton, Aubrey 213, 333 

Walton, Thomas 301 

Wan, Chi-Hsiang 213 

Wanat, John J. 214, 323, 343 

Wang, Chung-Sun 302 

Wang, Yuhhuzi 276 

Wanovich, James 302 

Warner, Patrick 302 

Warren, Kevin Christopher 214 

Warren, Steven H. 245, 310 

Washington, John P. 276 

Washington, Kevin 321 

Washington, Leonard 302 

Waters, Stephen W. 92, 215, 320, 


Watkins, Chris 302 

Watkins, Kale 302 

Watson, Chris 276 

Watson, Jonathon 302 

Wauben, Matt 92, 215, 320 

Way, Tyler S. 276 

Weatherford, Jimmie 89, 216, 321 

Weening. Andy 277, 317 

Welch, John D. 277 

Weiss, Michael Anton 94, 225, 423 

Weist, Jamie 302 

Wells, Heath 302 

Wells, Rodger 302 

Wcrtz, Brent 303 

West, Christopher 303 

West, Thomas C. 277 

West, Timothy J. 94, 216, 321 

West, Trace P. 216. 312, 336 

Wethcrcll, Edward Lee 217 

Wetsel, Lawrence E. 277 

Whatlcy, Seaborn 245, 250 

Whisenant, Mark A. 245 

Whitacre, Lynn 303 

White, Jeffrey 303 

White, Robert L. 94, 246, 321 

White, Robert Lewis 95, 246 

Whitehead, Thorpe Clarke 217 

Whitmore, Neil D. 277 

Whitt, Timothy B. 277 

Whittaker, Chris 277, 320 

Whittington, John A, 277 

Wick, Peter 277 

Wiecking, Jim 217, 284, 323 

Wilhelm, Fred 303 

Wilkinson, Ted 94, 218, 369, 371 

Willard, Randell 246 

Williams, A.J. 336 

Williams, Allen D. 277 

Williams, Calvin 218, 321 

Williams, Dale 323 

Williams, Damon 321, 359, 360, 361, 

362, 363, 364 

Williams, David L. 303 

Williams, David Lee 120, 121, 218 

Williams, David S. 246 

Williams, Dclaney C. 219 

Williams, John Powell 219 

Williams, Michael 303, 321, 359, 


Williams, Oscar Renal 219, 321 

Williams, Ramon 277, 321, 359, 360, 

362, 363, 364 

Williams, Richard 158, 303, 309 

Williams, Scott 303 

Williams, Thomas J. 246 

Williamson, Randolph B. 220 

Willis, Charles R. 231 

Willson, Lowell 375 

Wilson, Anthony W, 220 

Wilson, Daniel B. 220 

Wilson, Lowell D. 246 

Wilson, Mark 221, 332 

Wishart, Doug 96, 221, 317 

Withim, Wade 303, 375 

Witt. Barry 303 

Womack. Patrick 303 

Wong, Bill 92, 221, 317, 320, 421 

Wood, Kevin P. 246 

Wood, Michael L. 222, 343 

Wood, Randy 246, 251 

Woodfin, John 303 

Woodford, Brian 277, 318 

Woodhouse, Eric 222, 372, 373 

Woodhouse, H. Wilson 303 

Woodside, Nevin 303 

Wray, Stephen T. 277 

Wright, David B. 277 

Wright, James 222, 321, 343, 344, 

346, 349, 350. 351. 352 

Wright. John 27. 86, 223, 323. 406 

Wright, Michael R. 2, 87, 178, 215, 

329, 334 

Wyatt, Chris 2, 303 

Wyatt, Harold L. 246, 312 

Yarbrough, Stephen 277 
Yeabower, Douglas 303 
Yockel, Dave 2, 277 
Young, Dan 223, 345, 351, 407 
Yu, Hsiao-Pin 303 
Yuktasevi, Siratep 214 

Zahorsky, Matt 281, 303 
Zalewski, Daniel Earl 96. 223. 431 
Zang. Antonio 277 
Zoeke, Robert Eric 224 

The Citizen Soldier 

The purpose 
of a yearbook is to 
record the events of the 
year, both photographically 
and journalistically. It is meant to 
be a record of events that provides 
information about those events, so 
that it can bring back clear memo- 
ries of events long since forgotten. 

Today's approach to producing a 
yearbook differs greatly from that 
of the 1960's or 1970's. Yearbooks 
were totally dedicated to express- 
ing themselves through pictures 
only, and this is evident from glanc- 
ing through almost any VMI 
BOMB. Today, the emphasis is on 
using words and pictures together 
to give the reader a great deal of 
information about the pictures he 
sees. VMI, as usual, did not keep 
pace, however. Up through the 
1986 BOMB, there is almost only 
pictures. Will those pictures alone 
remain relevant to the reader twen- 
ty years from now? What was the 
score of the Virginia game in 1985? 
You won't find it in the 1986 
BOMB. Thus, the staff of the 1988 
BOMB has tried to produce a more 

THE 1988 BOMB 

informative account of this year at 

In addition, yearbooks today 
must have a theme. In order to 
comply with this unwritten law, we 
came up with a theme for the book, 
namely "The Citizen Soldier". The 
Opening was used to introduce the 
theme and to set the groundwork 
for the remainder of the book. The 
dividers were used to tie the theme 
in with the individual sections in 
order to create a consistent flow 
throughout the book. The Closing 
section was used to give a brief 
overview of the theme and the 
book. We feel the theme was a 
good a one, and hope that we have 
made it clear without over drama- 
tizing it. 

We have also tried to maintain a 
professional attitude in presenting 
the book, however that was a diffi- 
cult effort at times. The attempts at 
humor were not intended to offend 
anyone, and if they did, we apolo- 

In summary, we have 
produced a book that 
meets the standards we set 
back in August. We accomplished 
the goals we set. We have produced 
what we believe is the most accu- 
rate account of any one year at 
VMI, and have done our best to do 
it professionally. A tremendous ef- 
fort was made to ensure high quali- 
ty photography, and we succeeded. 
Now that the book is done, we sub- 
mit it to the members of the Insti- 
tute, corps, and the First Class. We 
have done our best, and we hope 
that the end result meets with your 
— The Staff 

440 The BOMB 


When we returned in Au- 
gust to begin the task of creat- 
ing the 1988 BOMB we began 
to toss around ideas for the 
cover. The cover is the first 
part of the book to be seen, 
and we wanted to come up 
with something original. In ad- 
dition, we wanted to come up 
with a design that would intro- 
duce our theme and subtly re- 
flect it. 

We chose the plaque on the 
Cincinnatus monument for the 
cover as Cincinnatus is por- 
trayed as the foremost citizen- 
soldier, and the plaque depicts 
him dropping his plow for his 

The ribbons on the cover 
were chosen to give a graphic 
impression of the theme 
throughout the book, as they 
were used on the dividers for 
each section in the book. Thus, 
the book is tied together from 
cover to cover, and the theme 
that is introduced on the cover 
is the binding. 



The 1988 BOMB, volume 94, was produced 
by Ihe all cadet staff at the Virginia Military 
Institute. The VM! BOMB is solely cadet run 
with no assistance from any other organiza- 
tion. Under supervision of the Office of Cadet 
Affairs and the Virginia Military Institute 
Publications Board, all proposals and con- 
tracts for the publication of, and portrait pho- 
tography in the BOMB were secured by the 
Edilor-ln-Chief and the Managing Editor. 
The Editor-in-Chief and the Managing Editor 
are solely responsible for the content of the 

The offices of the BOMB are located in the 
barracks concourse of the Virginia Military 
Institute. Office hours are 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 
p.m., and 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. during the 
school year. The phone number is (703) 463- 
9513. All correspondence should be directed 
to The VMI BOMB, P.O. Box 8, Virginia 
Military Institute, Lexington, Virginia 24450. 

PRINTING: The 1988 BOMB was printed 
by Jostens Publishing Company in Clarksville, 
Tennessee. The press run for the BOMB was 
eleven hundred copies. Each of the 448 pages 
of the publication was printed on 80 lb. enam- 
eLpaper, with either single or four-color press- 
es. Our local sales representative was Carol 
Adams of Charlottesville, Virginia, and our 
plant agent was John Wood in Clarksville. 

TYPE: Body copy for the BOMB is 45 
Times Roman ranging from 6 point to 12 
point. Subheads are 45 Times Roman ranging 
from 18 point to 30 point. Main headlines are 
45 Times Roman ranging from 36 point to 60 
point. Division pages are 45 Times Roman in 
48 point. There are six main four-page divid- 
ers and one two-page divider. There are 
twelve eight-page four-color fiats. The end- 
sheets are pitch black 281. 

COVER: The cover was mounted on 160 lb. 
binder board. The cover was designed by the 
Editor-in-Chief and the Managing Editor of 
the 1988 BOMB. Cover artwork was created 
by the Outrage Editor of the 1988 BOMB. 
The color is black 535 and the grain is Mis- 
sion. There is a metalaid plate and the cover is 
blind embossed and debossed, with the die cut 
by Jostens. There is a hot foil stamp on the 
spine and the cover. 

cadet portraits found in the Corps section, 
pages 82-1 15, and the Classes section, pages 
1 16-303, were taken by Yearbook Associates 
of Millers Falls, Massachusetts. Individual 
sittings were conducted during the months 
September and October, 1987, by Roger Pet- 
tengil. Our company representative was 
George Rosa III. 

BOMB was produced on a total operating 
budget of 550,000.00, which included a total 
printing bill of $33,000.00. Individual copies 
of the BOMB sold for S25.00 and 100 comple- 
mentary copies were distributed among the 
President of the United States, the Governor 
of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Cadet 
Chain-of-Command. the VMI Publications 
Board and the VMI Public Information Of- 
fice. The Bomb staff is solely responsible for 
the funding and distribution of the publica- 

No portion of this publication may be re- 
produced without the consent of the Editor of 
the BOMB and the VMI Publications Board. 

The BOMB 441 

Over the years which I have worked on 
the BOMB, I developed a clear picture of 
what I thought a yearbook should be like. 
A yearbook should portray the events of 
the year in pictures and in words, and it 
should serve as a catalyst to bring back 
memories of every person who reads it, be 
it one, five, ten, or twenty years from the 
date of its publication. 

Last year. Ken Devero and I realized 
that we were on much the same wave- 
length with regards to yearbook produc- 
tion. The result was the 1987 BOMB, the 
first step in bringing the VMI annual up to 
a professional level. This year's edition of 
the BOMB is a continuation of those ef- 
forts. It is, without a doubt, the best annu- 
al ever published at VMI. The '88 BOMB 
owes a great deal to its predecessor, and 
more specifically. Ken Devero. Thanks, 

When I took the job of Managing Edi- 
tor, I had little layout experience. Thus, 
my experience on which to draw from was 
limited, but yet I still knew full well what I 
wanted to do with this book. I wanted to 
make it professional, and I wanted to more 
fully record life at VMI so as the book 
would serve its purpose. We have accom- 
plished those goals, and I hope that the 
Institute, the corps, and the class of 1988 
will appreciate our efforts, if not today, 
then later on down the road when they 
look at this book. 

1 owe many thanks to many people, but 
most of all to the staff. Sponge, you made 
life easier down here and got us some good 
deals from the big fellas. Thanks for the 
scratch on my nose, hope you won't forget 
the black eye I gave you. We'll have to do 
it again for the hell of it, but if you bite me 
again I will have to kill you. 

Thanks also goes to Chris, the best Pho- 
to Editor I could ask for. Thanks for get- 
ting the job done and for the extra help. 
Frank, you did a hell of a job on the First 
Class, thanks for being there and for the 
many late nights you put in. To my roo- 
mates — thanks for putting up with the 
late nights and the bad moods, and for all 
your help. We couldn't have done without 
ya. Bwana, I appreciate the extra effort 
and support. Bob — you are gonna need 
help. Good Luck. To all the staff — I 
greatly appreciate each of your contribu- 
tions to the completion of this book. Slug, 
you made it bearable. You help me a mil- 
lion (meow!). Hang in there, you can do it. 

Finally, I want to thank the two gentle- 
men down in the Sports Information Of- 
fice, Mike Strickler and Wade Branner, 
who are pictured here in a "friendly lunch- 
time pickup game" (nice dunk, Mike). 
Their help was essential to Spaz and I 
being able to put together an accurate and 
detailed account of VMI athletics. With- 
out their help in obtaining press passes and 
information, it would have been impossi- 

ble. Thanks for all your help and coopera- 

It's hard to believe, but it has been a 
great year. The Redskins are Super Bowl 
Champions and we have completed the 
1988 BOMB. I must be dreaming. 

442 Managing Editor 


Living in the Bowels of Barracks has 
proved to be a pasttime for me. I have 
spent more of my first class year in the 
Bomb Room than in my room in barracks. 
I have slept there, eaten there, drank 
there, watched movies there and done ev- 
erything else a cadet enjoys there. I some- 
times even found time to do work there. 
The Bomb Room has become a home 
away from home for me as well as to much 
of the 1988 Bomb Staff. 

I hope the contents of this book are 
satifactory to all its readers. We tried to be 
as objective as possible in the selection of 
pictures. The policy we set was to put in as 
many pictures of first classmen as possible. 
The reasoning behind this is that this 
Bomb belongs to the class of 1988 and all 
the underclasses will have their chance in 
the years to come. I also hope that nobody 
gets offended with the contents of the 
Bomb. We tried to use a sense of humor in 
the production of this book. If anyone feels 
offended with the contents, please take 
heed that this is a college yearbook and 
others will find it humorous. 

I accept full responsibility for any mis- 
takes that might be in this book. If your 
name is spelled wrong or if you are not 
named where you should be, please under- 
stand that we had six months to put to- 
gether a 448 page book. The task has not 
been easy and it is impossible to correct 
every mistake. 

The Job of the Editor in Chief is proba- 
bly the least glorious of all jobs on a year- 
book. The EIC makes a lot of decisions 
and tries to assure that the production of 
the yearbook goes smoothly. The EIC is 
virtually helpless without a good staff. 
Luckily enough the 1988 Bomb Staff was 
a group of hard working cadets that really 
wanted to produce a good yearbook. Pon- 
cho, the Managing Editor of the 1988 
Bomb, kept the staff straight and was of- 
ten forced to keep me straight. I hope to 
run into you later in life and beat the living 
daylights out of you. Dizzy, the Business 
Manager of the 1988 Bomb, was a finan- 
cial whizz kid. He managed to pay for this 
book ... I hope! OOF was a good Photo 
Editor even though he had some difficulty 
in keeping his pictures in focus. When it 
became crunch time he volunteered to do 
the sections that nobody else wanted to do. 
Chad Taylor spent a brief period of time 
working on the staff. His sense of humor 
redirected the flow of the Bomb. Sorry you 
had to leave but we know where your heart 
was. Frank Mussara was my First Class 
Editor and did his job very well. I hope you 
know what your section is going to look 
like ... I don't. Thanks for giving me P.T. 
details for doing something I had to do 
anyways. Finally I would like to wish Bob 
Bradford luck with the 1989 Bomb. I hope 
you have a blast while making your year- 

I spent a good deal of time working with 
the admistration this year. I became very 
aquainted with both the Commandants of- 
fice and the Deputy Commandants office. 
The Commandant usually welcomed me 
into his office but sometimes I was not so 
welcome. Col. Harbach was a real ally to 
the Bomb. Without his help this yearbook 
would not be nearly as good as it is. 
Thanks to him I marched in Zero parades 
my first class year. Captain Wilcocksen 
taught me various lessons on leadership. I 
take the lessons very gracefully. Thanks 
for helping me mature. Col. Jones was the 
main reason I returned second semester to 
complete this book. I appreciate your sup- 
port for the Bomb. Finally, I would like to 
thank Judy for always having a smiling 
face when I would go to the Commandants 
office. She was always understanding and 
would help me relax when I would be furi- 

ous with Smith Hall. Thanks for all your 

Bueno decidi terminar mi ultima pagina 
en mi idioma de esponjas. Gracias a todos 
por su ayuda. Espero que a todos mis Her- 
manos Ratones les gustan este libro. Un 
dia nos reuniremos y veremos lo que todos 
han hecho con su vida. Yo no estare mar- 
chando en el disfile de graduacion porque 
hice la decision de hacer este libro. Yo 
espero que la decision fue buena. 


Founded in 1839, at the site of 
the former Lexington arsenal, the 
Virginia Military Institute has pro- 
vided this nation with many great 
leaders. Located in the Shenando- 
ah Valley under the shadow of ma- 
jestic House Mountain, VMI still 
continues to produce great leaders 
in both the military and the civilian 
sector. For nearly 150 years this 
Institution has become a hallmark 
throughout the free world in pro- 
moting the ideals of the citizen-sol- 
dier. The wide range of activities 
allow cadets to develop leadership 
through academics, military duty 
and physical training. 


ferent than any other college or I 
university in America. However, | 
the VMI experience is different for '^ 
each individual cadet as well. There 
are many activities to keep an indi- 
vidual occupied for most of the 
time spent here at VMI. Each ca- 
det selects one or several activities 
to participate in. These activities 
range from sports to the various 
organizations that provide a wide 
range of activities that only en- 
hance ones character". The VMI ex- 
perience incorporates a unique mil- 
itary system that molds each cadet 
and instills a sense of duty and self 
discipline. The academic portion of 
this experience is a rigorous and 
demanding one. The regimen of 
studying places many demands 
upon a cadet. 

The cadet experience is a unique 
one that molds an immature kid 
into a VMI man ready to accept 
the challenge of leadership. This 
nation needs leaders, and VMI has 
been and always will be ready to 
produce those leaders in time of 
peace and war. 


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